SPAIN: Restiveness on the Right

A Franco rally and an abortive plot stir concern for democracy

The renaissance of the life and spirit of Spain, much like a fresh spring that follows a long and miserable winter, began on Nov. 20, 1975. On that day, Francisco Franco died, and on that day began the flowering of Spanish democracy.

That this fragile shoot requires watchful nurturing was dramatized last week when 150,000 shouting Spaniards flooded Madrid's Plaza de Oriente to pay tribute to the late dictator Franco on the third anniversary of his death. Blue-shirted members of the Fuerza...

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