A basic feature of the Franco dictatorship was political repression. The regime instituted repressive legal measures, outlawed trade unions and leftist political parties, seized their assets, established summary military procedures without legal guarantees, and created concentration camps and forced-labor battalions. The communists were particularly repressed, against whom the regime set up the Special Tribunal for the Repression of Freemasonry and Communism. The current Spanish democracy has not fully repaired the damage caused by Franco’s repression, which raises questions about its commitment to democracy.
|Title of host publication||The Palgrave Handbook of Anti-Communist Persecutions.|
|Editors||Christian Gerlach, Clemens Six|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Dec 2020|