By Joe Gerrard • 10 December 2018 • 15:15
PICTURES and footage of a Spanish bullfighter smiling and giving a thumbs up in front of memorabilia of former dictator Francisco France have led to a social media backlash.
Social media users took to Twitter to express their anger after the video from Fran Rivera went viral online this week.
Footage appears to show Rivera, who has received official honours for his bullfighting career, panning his camera around the Bar Casa Eladio in Alvia in the Castilla y Leon Region.
He then smiles and gives a thumbs up in front of the Spanish flag from the Franco era.
Bar Casa Eladio also posted pictures of Rivera posing with staff members on Facebook. These have since been removed.
Social media users criticised the bullfighter for the video in a series of tweets and posts.
Secretary Verde said: “For me Fran Rivera symbolises everything old, dark, outdated, tacky and illiterate about this country.”
“Fran Rivera, a mobile with internet and a Franco Bar. What could go wrong?” Gerado Tece said.
Bar Casa Eladio did not directly refer to the incident on its social media pages.
It said in a post after the incident it would always welcome members of the conservative Partido Popular (PP), the far-right Vox and Falangist Franco sympathisers.
Earlier posts showed patrons making fascist salutes which the bar described as a “great day with great patriots”.
Rivera was previously married to a Spanish duchess before they divorced in 2002 and he remarried in 2013. He retired from bullfighting in 2017.
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