THE totalitarian former leader of Spain, General Francisco Franco Bahamonde, has been officially declared a dictator by the Spain’s Historical Authority.
The formal official line supported by the Historical Authority failed to mention many of the killings he ordered. There has been a long campaign by relatives of Franco’s victims to change this definition of the General in the official history of Spain, stating that this was an insult to people who died because of him.
General Franco ruled Spain for 36 years from 1939 to his death in 1975 and staged a coup against the Spanish republic that started the Spanish Civil War. The war lasted three years, between 1936 and 1939, and left half a million people dead.