SPAIN: People's Heartbeat

The measure of a tough dictatorship is that it does not have to appease public opinion. In the early days of his rule, Spain's Francisco Franco showed no sign of caring what people might think about his repressive acts. But today Spain, a U.N. member, is a generation removed from the martial aftermath of its civil war. Last week Franco, looking for scapegoats for the recent Falange-student riots in Madrid (TIME, Feb. 20), found it expedient to appease two important blocs of Spanish opinion.

First Franco fired Education Minister Joaquin Ruiz Gimenez, 46,...

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