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Salient: Victoria University Students' Newspaper. Vol. 24, No. 8. 1961.

Police State

Police State

It soon became evident to me that despite the carefree appearance of the people, Spain is nonetheless very much a police state. There is an astonishing variety and number of police and civil guards. They are everywhere—in the streets, on the beaches, and on the trains. But despite the fact that Spain is a dictatorship and opposition to Franco's regime is forbidden, the average Spaniard is quite unconcerned. The few that are concerned by this fact are securely tucked away behind the walls of some forbidding Spanish prison.