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Former Spanish dictator denied an honorary doctorate

November 11 2006

The late Spanish dictator Francisco Franco had lost on Friday, 10 November, an honorary doctorate from the University of Santiago de Compostela, said a representative of this institution.

"The Governing Council of the University of Santiago de Compostela has decided to deny the title of Doctor" Honoris Causa "of the fascist dictator Franco, given to him July 27, 1965, because his personality does not match a similar title," - said a school representative.

"We hope that our example will be followed by University of Salamanca, an honorary doctor of which is still bloody" caudillo "and the University of Coimbra (Portugal)", - said the representative of higher educational establishments of Santiago de Compostela.

Franco came to power in 1939 by a military rebellion against the democratic government and a three-year civil war, victory in which he won with the help of Hitler and Mussolini.

Totalitarian regime of the fascist type, which claimed at least two million Spaniards, lasted until the dictator's death Nov. 20, 1975.

During the dictatorship of Franco, were addressed to the streets and squares in almost every village of the country. Everywhere he had been installed monuments, some of which continues to this day, send more.

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