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The far right is not currently a significant force in Spanish politics. Spain has had years of democratic government - mostly by socialists - since the death of its fascist leader, General Franco, in 1975.

However an outbreak of racial violence in the southern town of El Ejido in early 2000 was seen by some as a warning sign. El Ejido's mayor blamed extreme right-wingers for inciting violence which erupted after funeral of a woman killed while being robbed by a Moroccan immigrant.

Huge numbers of Moroccan immigrants work in Spain mainly as low-paid agricultural labourers. This number is expected to rise in the future - and there are fears that the far right could find increasing support in communities with large immigrant populations.

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