Nearly a third think Franco was right to start Civil War
18 July 2006, MADRID — Nearly a third of Spaniards think General Franco's military uprising 70 years ago on Tuesday was justified, according to an opinion poll.
18 July 2006
MADRID — Nearly a third of Spaniards think General Franco's military uprising 70 years ago on Tuesday was justified, according to an opinion poll.
The poll, for the right-wing daily El Mundo, said 30 percent thought Franco was right to stand against the "chaos and violence" of the left-wing Republican government which ruled Spain between 1931-36.
But the same newspaper reports that more than half those polled believe the coup d'etat was not justified.
The left-leaning El Pais carries another poll which says nearly two thirds of Spaniards believe the 'victims' of Franco, who were persecuted or whose relatives died under his rule, should be finally offered justice.
The 70th anniversary was marked with a series of ceremonies throughout Spain – some remembering the dead, others marking the start of Franco's rule.
The government is to unveil a law on Friday which will offer compensation for the victims of Franco's rule.
It is sure to anger the conservative opposition Popular Party, which opposes "turning the clock back" on history.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news