The World: A Spanish Communist Looks Ahead

Among the most interested observers of recent events in Portugal are members of the Spanish Communist Party. Founded in 1921, the party is strongly nationalistic and independent of Moscow, with which it officially split over the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Although banned by the regime of ailing Dictator Francisco Franco, 82, the Communists are conservatively estimated to have 12,000 members, and by their own count many more. Recently, they have enlisted a broad spectrum of individuals, including many professionals, in the junta democrática—an umbrella organization whose professed purpose is "to unite...

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