Will Spanish right-wing pro-Franco powers protest against civil war anniversary?
Wednesday marked the anniversary of the outbreak of Spain's Civil War. Eighty-two years on Spaniards are remembering the day brother was pitted against brother after Francisco Franco staged a coup. The bloody three-year war was followed by a 33-year dictatorship.
But more than four decades after Franco's death and with populism once again on the rise, the debate surrounding the atrocities of that era continues.
On Sunday, nearly 1,000 demonstrators made fascist salutes in protest against President Pedro Sanchez's pledge to exhume the remains of the dictator from the Valley of the Fallen.
Spain used to celebrate its national day on 18 July, but it was no longer observed after Spain returned to a democracy in 1975.