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Right-wing rally marks anniversary of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco's death

  • A fascist leader makes a fascist salute to the crowd during his speech as they remember the former Spanish Dictator Gen. Francisco Franco on the 38th anniversary of his death, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Hundreds of people nostalgic for Spain's fascist past held a rally on Sunday to mark the 38th anniversary of dictator Francisco Franco's death. The peaceful demonstration was held in Madrid's central Plaza de Oriente square near the opera and Royal Palace in the city's old quarter. On Saturday an anti-Franco protest was held northwest of Madrid at Franco's mausoleum. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    A fascist leader makes a fascist salute to the crowd during his speech as they remember the former Spanish Dictator Gen. Francisco Franco on the 38th anniversary of his death, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Hundreds of people nostalgic for Spain's fascist past held a rally on Sunday to mark the 38th anniversary of dictator Francisco Franco's death. The peaceful demonstration was held in Madrid's central Plaza de Oriente square near the opera and Royal Palace in the city's old quarter. On Saturday an anti-Franco protest was held northwest of Madrid at Franco's mausoleum. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)  (The Associated Press)

  • Fascists and far right wing supporters salute the fascist anthem as they remember former Spanish Dictator Gen. Francisco Franco on the 38th anniversary of his death, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Hundreds of people nostalgic for Spain's fascist past held a rally on Sunday to mark the 38th anniversary of dictator Francisco Franco's death. The peaceful demonstration was held in Madrid's central Plaza de Oriente square near the opera and Royal Palace in the city's old quarter. On Saturday an anti-Franco protest was held northwest of Madrid at Franco's mausoleum. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Fascists and far right wing supporters salute the fascist anthem as they remember former Spanish Dictator Gen. Francisco Franco on the 38th anniversary of his death, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Hundreds of people nostalgic for Spain's fascist past held a rally on Sunday to mark the 38th anniversary of dictator Francisco Franco's death. The peaceful demonstration was held in Madrid's central Plaza de Oriente square near the opera and Royal Palace in the city's old quarter. On Saturday an anti-Franco protest was held northwest of Madrid at Franco's mausoleum. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)  (The Associated Press)

  • EDS NOTE - SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN - Fascists and far right wing supporters salute the fascist anthem as they remember former Spanish Dictator Gen. Francisco Franco on the 38th anniversary of his death, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Hundreds of people nostalgic for Spain's fascist past held a rally on Sunday to mark the 38th anniversary of dictator Francisco Franco's death. The peaceful demonstration was held in Madrid's central Plaza de Oriente square near the opera and Royal Palace in the city's old quarter. On Saturday an anti-Franco protest was held northwest of Madrid at Franco's mausoleum. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    EDS NOTE - SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN - Fascists and far right wing supporters salute the fascist anthem as they remember former Spanish Dictator Gen. Francisco Franco on the 38th anniversary of his death, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Hundreds of people nostalgic for Spain's fascist past held a rally on Sunday to mark the 38th anniversary of dictator Francisco Franco's death. The peaceful demonstration was held in Madrid's central Plaza de Oriente square near the opera and Royal Palace in the city's old quarter. On Saturday an anti-Franco protest was held northwest of Madrid at Franco's mausoleum. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of people nostalgic for Spain's fascist past have held a rally outside Madrid's downtown Royal Palace to commemorate the 38th anniversary of dictator Francisco Franco's death.

Eduardo Arias, president of the right-wing Spanish Patriotic Knot association, addressed the gathering and exhorted the government to oppose immigration at a time when the country has sky-high unemployment. Sympathizers made stiff-arm salutes and waved Spanish flags before singing anthems dating from Franco's 1939-1975 rule.

Stalls sold far-right, fascist and Nazi memorabilia to curious passers-by on the fringes of Sunday's rally.

On Saturday an anti-fascist protest was held outside El Valle de los Caidos, a giant mausoleum north of Madrid where Franco is buried.

Franco won the 1936-1939 civil war with the help of Nazi Germany and fascist Italy.