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Caudillo de Espana por la gracia de dios (Dictator of Spain by the Grace of God). Western Europe's last fascist dictator who overthrew a legitimate democratic government which led to a civil war which he won thanks to the help of Hitler and especially Mussolini, resulting in considerable misery, isolation, executions of political prisoners and gays, and the wholesale trashing of Spain's cultural life. It has taken years for Spain to undo the damage Franco caused, even after over 30 years of democracy. And, all reports to the contrary, he's still dead
Francisco Franco's government banned the use of minority languages and heavily censored the media
by Rattus cattus July 04, 2006
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n. Militaristic Fascist Spanish dictator from 1939 to 1975.

He led the Nationalist side for most of the Spanish Civil war, against the Republican side, which comprised of Communists and Anarchists. Aided by forces sent by Hitler and Mussolini, and by the backstabbing Communists, The Nationalists won the war in April of 1975.

Franco's reign of terror was marked by oppression and routine disappearances. Political opponents were often executed, and the brutal Guardia Civil was omnipresent.

To this day, Franco is remembered as the destroyer of inherant proof that an Anarchist society is possible. (The Anarchists managed to organize most of North Eastern Spain into efficient worker-controlled collectives. With the end of the Civil war, authoritanarianism was established.)
Franco was a prick who destroyed probably the best organization in the last century.
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Brutal Spanish dictator (1947-1975) that ran a fascist nightmare police state. Also known as Generalissimo or El Caduillo (The Leader). Admirer of Hitler and Mussolini.

Also: Darling of the hyper-right Catholic Traditionalist or Integrist set. Franco was a great patron of the Roman Catholic Church. Some extreme fundamentalist Catholics candy coat Franco's regime as a Catholic monarchical paradise on earth, when in fact it was just another example of a soul and life crushing totalitarian state.
Catholic fundie: Generalissimo Francisco Franco's reign was a great example of a Catholic Monarchy! Democracy is selfish since most people vote for their depraved self-interests. A benevolent Catholic king will create a moral state!

Sane agnostic: (sarcasm) Yeah! A murderous secret police, extreme censorship, death camps, arbitrary imprisonment and execution, and a megalomaniacal despot! Yep, sure beats free speech, freedom of religious assembly, and due process any day!
by poorbrokegradstudent August 15, 2010
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