Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. Our show is special because we make it our priority to go where the silence is. We put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2015. Pretty exciting, right? Please do your part today. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2015.

Your Donation: $
Monday, November 20, 2000 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Members of International Brigades Look Back On Their...
2000-11-20

Police Attack Anti-Fascist Protesters in Madrid On 25th Anniversary of Franco’s Death

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
DONATE →
This is viewer supported news

Spanish police charged against anti-fascist demonstrators in Madrid yesterday on the 25th anniversary of the death of Francisco Franco, Western Europe’s longest reigning dictator of the 20th Century.

The demonstrators were countering a fascist rally that praised Franco’s leadership of Spain when police began to club them with batons and shoot rubber bullets. Demonstrators say that the police also fired live ammunition as warning shots. Forty people were injured and seven were arrested.

Franco ruled Spain with an iron fist after unleashing one of the continent’s most bitter civil wars. In 1936, he led a revolt against the democratically-elected Republican government, sparking the Spanish Civil War in which over half a million people were killed.

Franco assigned to himself the title of "El Caudillo" or "The Supreme leader," a concept that served as a model for Latin American dictatorships such as Augusto Pinochet’s in Chile.

Guest:

  • Andrea Comas, freelance photographer who was covering the demonstration for Reuters. Speaking from Madrid.

Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.