Fascists gather to pay homage to Franco

 

Supporters of former Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco give fascist salutes.

Guardian Unlimited | Nov 19, 2007

by Paul Hamilos in Valle de los Caídos

With their stiff-armed salutes, and cries of “Viva España!”, Spain’s fascists gathered this weekend to pay homage to General Franco outside the tomb of the late dictator for what may be the last time.

Well-to-do ladies came dressed in fur coats to keep out the bitter cold, young men and women wore the blue shirts of the Falangist party, while others were more recognisable as modern neo-nazis, with shaven heads and scarves wrapped tight around their faces.

But all were united by more than simple veneration of General Franco: they share an all-consuming hatred of the socialist government of José Luiz Rodríguez Zapatero, which last month passed a law that will ban political rallies outside the imposing mausoleum in which Franco is buried.

The controversial historical memory law was the brainchild of Zapatero, whose own grandfather was killed by Franco’s forces, and is an attempt to recognise the republican victims of the civil war and dictatorship. The law, which will come into force once it passes through the upper house, will see the remaining Francoist symbols removed from Spain’s public buildings and the depoliticisation of the Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen), Europe’s largest fascist religious monument.

Chants of “Reds no, Reds no!” and “Zapatero – you son of a bitch!” rang out across the valley as banners bearing the Cross of St James, known as Matamoros (Moorslayer), and pre-democratic Spanish flags were unfurled. But the largest cheers were reserved for Carmen Franco Polo, daughter of the late dictator, whose arrival and departure were greeted with sustained cries of “Franco! Franco! Franco!”.

The dictator’s supporters had come to the giant basilica, 30 miles north-east of Madrid, to attend mass on Saturday and to pay their respects to Franco and to the founder of the Falangist party, José Antonio Primo de Rivera, ahead of the anniversary of their deaths on tomorrow.

Although the Valle de los Caídos is officially designated as a monument to the 500,000 who are estimated to have died in the 1936-39 war, there are only two visible tombs – those of Franco and Primo de Rivera. Long a sacred place for Spain’s fascists, successive governments have tried to neutralise its significance, but the Zapatero administration is the first to directly challenge the right to use it to hold political rallies.

Many of those in attendance on Saturday seemed sanguine about the new law. Jorge Espinos, a 21-year-old economics student, does not believe the government has the will to defy the fascists. “We will come regardless … I am here because I am Spanish, and Catholic, to honour the memory of our Caudillo, the purest sword in Europe,” before proudly adding: “My grandfather killed 156 reds with his machine gun in Galicia in 1936, and then went off to eat seafood.”

Javier Astorga Vagara, a 38-year-old estate agent and Falangist, accepted that it might be the last time that they could gather to sing the fascist anthem Cara al Sol (Face to the sun) and chant their political slogans. “We won the civil war,” he says, “so they [the socialists] feel they have to win something, by removing our symbols”. But he says he does not mind and that there are more important battles to fight: most importantly the increasing numbers of immigrants in Spain.

This year’s anniversary comes at a particularly sensitive time, with tensions high following the stabbing to death last weekend of a 16-year-old anti-fascist activist by a neo-nazi in Madrid. Carlos Javier’s death sparked demonstrations in Madrid and Barcelona over the weekend, with riot police out in force to prevent disturbances between anti-fascist and extreme-right groups.

With elections set for next spring, many fear that the oft-repeated concept of the “two Spains”, divided between left and right, is being played out in the political sphere as well as in the streets. The conservative opposition People’s party fiercely opposed the historical memory law, accusing the government of unnecessarily raking up the past. “The only thing the law will create is problems and division. Why do we need to create problems … where there were none,” asked the party’s leader, Mariano Rajoy.

Standing in the winter sunshine outside Franco’s tomb, Ricardo – who has brought his wife and child from Madrid for what he describes as a “memorable day” – believes there are now two Spains: “But the other half, they’re not really Spanish. They want to separate from our country, and let immigrants in to run the place.”

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14 responses to “Fascists gather to pay homage to Franco

  1. “The fascist dictator Francisco Franco”

    Dude, get some history lessons. Hitler planed Franco assasination.

  2. Roman salut -was not fascit. Was traditional salut of soldiers.

  3. STFU, Fascists

  4. Viva franco, el mejor lider que tuvo nuestra españa

  5. Another useful idiot defends fascism and dictatorship.

  6. !!!!!ESPAÑOLES!!!!SOLO QUEIRO DECIR
    !!!VIVA FRANCO!!!HOMBRE EXCEPCIONAL
    Y GRANDE!!!MÃS GRANDE DE LA HISTORIA DE ESPAÑA POR ESO QUERIDOS ESPAÑOLES DE BIEN GRITO OTRA VEZ CON TODOS MI ESFUERZAS , Y MI BRAZO EXTENTIDO Y ALTO!!!!!VIVA SIEMPRE FRANCO!!!ARRIBA ESPAÑA!!!!

  7. what the fuck?

    FIGHT FASCISM!!!

    or you will end up rotting your neurons!

    long live, long last democracy!

    ¡¡¡LUCHA CONTRA EL FASCISMO!!!

    o acabarás ¡pudriendo tus neuronas!

    viva el estado democrático de derecho!

  8. Cayense El Osiko…….

  9. TOM DE GROOT

    UN MARICON DE MIERDA HA ESCRITO EN INGLISH, EL SEÑOR FUCKING ENTONCES
    SI SOY MUY FACISTA, Y QUE HIJO DE PUTA
    DONDE VIVES INFELIZ, 1111VIVA EL FACISMO
    11111VIVA SIEMPRE FRANCO!!!!!!!!!!!!
    FRANCO!!!!!FRANCOoooooooooooo!!!!!!!

    PD A LA MIERDA CON LA DEMOCRACIA

  10. arriba españa!!!
    españa sera la tumba del antifascismo, lo juro

  11. You fascist pigs will rot in Hell…with your racist, blind and hate-filled souls. Murder is nothing to be proud of. At least PRETEND like what you did was wrong.

    Que se pudran los almas venenosos de los Facistas, ignorantes, odiosos, ciegos, y malvados. Tristemente, aunque varios sean catolicos, no se dan cuenta que ellos mismos son los mas probables de apoyar al anti-Christo cuando algun dia llegue.

    Ademas…los espanoles son los mas ignorantes (los de que todos se burlan) de todo Europa. Mira como quedo Latino America y mira a EEUU y Canada. La diferencia? La mano corrupta e ignorante de los espanoles incapaces.

  12. Always rebuke evil and tyranny no matter what form it takes: Fascist, Communist, Socialist, Nazi, Feudal, Theocratic, Globalist, Corporatist, Mafia etc.

  13. ALGUNOS ROJOS DE MIERDA, INSULTAN
    A LOS ESPAÑOLES DE BIEN,YO DIGO A ESOS INFELICES, VETE AL INFIERNO, SOIS MENOS
    QUE BASURA, Y SI NO ESTAIS CONTENTO
    COMPRAD UNA VIAJA HACIA CUBA O MEJOS A COREA DE NORTE, FUERA ROJOS!!!!!!!

  14. Aki Un Rojo Kabron

    Me paso la cara de franko y del hijoputa del borbon por el forro sudoroso de mis pelotas, ke se ke les gusta…. y estos fatxillas ke andan x aki tb, ke son todas unas lokas kaskapajas!

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