chapter  4
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Rebel Terror

The Franco regime thrived on maligning those who supported the Second Republic and the Popular Front government. Indeed, from its birth in the crucible of civil war the Franco regime successfully pulled the wool over the eyes of watching powers prepared to buy its line that it administered justice according to due process and that the principal blame for wartime atrocities should be laid at the door of the Popular Front government. Following this line, apologists for the regime never tired of rehearsing its protests that ‘Franco’s justice’ simply meted out just punishment to ‘red criminals’.3