Spain: Still Young

In the wild, mountainous Asturias coal country of northern Spain, thousands of miners trooped back to work last week. But in many a town, the cafés and shabby little restaurants were still full of dark, rugged men who stubbornly refused to return to the pits. There were still no demonstrations, no agitation, no violence in this biggest strike wave to sweep through Spain in the 24 years of Dictator Francisco Franco's rule.

Since strikes are illegal, Dictator Franco did not speak of strikes at all when he rose to address 10,000 civil war veterans in a park outside Madrid; he referred...

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