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Anniversary of Franco's Death

November 20th 

Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco died on November 20th 1975, which brought his 36-year-long dictatorship to an end.

Unfortunately, there are sectors of Spanish society that see his dictatorship as a Golden Era of Spanish history and celebrate the anniversary of his death.



Franco came to power in Spain in 1939 after the end of the Civil War. He sought and gained the support of Hitler and Mussolini.

Hundreds of thousands of Republicans were executed including President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, LluĂ­s Companys.

Spain was under Franco's dictatorship for 36 years. Everyone was affected. Police brutality continued throughout the regime.

In the later years garrote vil was the method of execution. Salvador Puig Antich was executed on March 2nd 1974. The last executions took place on Sep 27th 1975

Franco died on November 20th 1975, less than 2 months later.

For more detailed information about the Franco dictatorship, you may be interested in two chapters of my book, Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective

I have also written about the period immediately after Franco's death in my series of articles on Spain's Transition to Democracy




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