Francisco Franco

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Noun1.Francisco Franco - Spanish general whose armies took control of Spain in 1939 and who ruled as a dictator until his death (1892-1975)Francisco Franco - Spanish general whose armies took control of Spain in 1939 and who ruled as a dictator until his death (1892-1975)
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He shows how the Francoists used a psycho-pathological language to depict the enemy as subhuman -- dirty, filthy, stinking, depraved scum, slime, whores, criminals -- a language which then justified the need for "purification.
Some of the more radical Francoists even called for him to be put against a wall and shot.
Instead, Juan Carlos confounded the Francoists by renouncing his executive power so he could guide the country towards democracy.
He defied the hopes of the Francoists for an extension of autocratic rule.
When he was asked whether it was a good thing that former Francoists had played such a prominent role in the transition, he used to say: 'I never asked anyone where they came from, only where they wanted to go'.