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In times of Franco

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Tell us about a time when you fought authority and took a stand against “the man.” Did you win?

I was a girl living in Spain in times of Franco. We had to do some strange things like study in school a subject named National Spirit that was basically an indoctrination on the “marvels” of the dictatorship or doing a social service which was the mild female version of the military service. You could go to a camp or do some works at the orders of the franquist “Female Section”. Without your social service you could not apply for a passport or enroll in a University.

From the beginning my father told me he would be pleased if I obtained just the sufficient grade in “National Spirit” to pass. Nothing more. So I used to answer wrong in purpose some of the questions to don’t have good grades.

Later I decided not to do the social service with de “Female Section”. When they called me I just didn’t go. Eventually Franco died and despite they still called me for a while, they also disappeared and I got free.

via Fight the Power | The Daily Post.

 

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Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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