The last remaining statue of the former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco has been removed in Madrid. About a hundred onlookers turned out to witness the job which was carried out before dawn. Spain’s development ministry says the bronze statue of Franco mounted on a horse was not appreciated by a majority of the population.
It had been sitting alongside a complex of government buildings since the late 1950s. Franco ruled Spain from the end of the civil war in 1939 until his death in 1975. While he is still held in high esteem by the country’s far right, his legacy is detested by left-leaning Spaniards. A few monuments to Franco remain elsewhere in the country.