Dozens of people visited Spanish dictator Francisco Franco's crypt at the Mingorrubio cemetery in the outskirts of Madrid, on the 45th anniversary of his death on Friday.
People laid flowers and attached Francoist flags to his tomb. They also sang a Francoist anthem «Cara al sol» while making open handed salutes.
Jose Luis Corral, president of President of Spanish Catholic Movement (MCE) said,"Franco is more present than ever, thanks, mainly, to his enemies. Franco is an universal character.»
Francisco Franco Bahamonde was a Spanish general who staged a coup d'etat in 1936, ruling the country until his death on November 20th, 1975. His rule saw continued repression, imprisonment and extrajudicial executions of political opponents including republicans, socialists, communists and other opposition movements.
His remains were exhumed from the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) monument in October 2019 and reburied alongside his wife in Mingorrubio.