A military helicopter carrying the coffin with the remains of Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco overflies the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Spain has exhumed the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid so he can be reburied in a small family crypt north of the capital. (AP Photo/Mariscal, Pool)

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the exhumation and reburial of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco (all times local):

4 p.m.

Spain's interim prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, says the exhumation of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco "puts an end to a moral affront that is the exaltation of dictator in a public place."

Earlier, Franco's remains were taken from the grandiose Valley of the Fallen mausoleum outside Madrid to their new resting place at the Mingorrubio cemetery, 57 kilometers (35 miles) away.

Sánchez said it was necessary now to begin the process of identifying the thousands of Franco victims who were also buried at the mausoleum.

"It's an infamy that has to be repaired," he said.

The exhumation, promised by Sánchez on taking office in 2018, was long demanded by many in Spain who considered the mausoleum an insult to the relatives of Franco victims in Spain's 1936-39 Civil War or those who suffered under his subsequent near-four-decade regime.

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2:20 p.m.

The Spanish military helicopter carrying the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco has landed at a military area close to new burial site. 

The remains were exhumed from the Franco-built grandiose Valley of the Fallen mausoleum northwest of Madrid earlier Thursday for reburial at the Mingorrubio cemetery, a 57-kilometer (35-mile) drive away, where Franco's wife is buried.

Outside the cemetery, some 500 Franco supporters greeted the helicopter's arrival with cheers for Franco and insults for interim Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, whose government ordered the operation.

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12:45 p.m.

Spanish authorities are flying the coffin carrying the remains Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco by helicopter to new burial site following their exhumation from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid.

The government-ordered operation on Thursday is a momentous event for Spain and satisfies a decades-old desire of many in Spain who considered the vainglorious mausoleum that Franco built an affront to the tens of thousands who died in Spain's Civil War and his subsequent regime and to Spain's standing as a modern democratic state. 

The remains are to be taken to the Mingorrubio cemetery a 57-kilometer (35-mile) drive away, where Franco's wife is buried.

The coffin was draped with a red cloth bearing the Franco family emblem and a wreath of laurel leaves with a Spanish flag ribbon top.

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12:50 p.m.

Spain says it has exhumed the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid so he can be reburied in a small family crypt north of the capital.

The government-ordered, closed-door operation satisfies a decades-old desire of many in Spain who considered the vainglorious mausoleum that Franco built an affront to the tens of thousands who died in Spain's Civil War and his subsequent regime and to Spain's standing as a modern democratic state.

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11:20 a.m.

Spain is exhuming the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid so he can be reburied in a small family crypt north of the capital.

The government-ordered, closed-door operation on Thursday satisfies a decades-old desire of many in Spain who considered the vainglorious mausoleum that Franco built an affront to the tens of thousands who died in Spain's Civil War and his subsequent regime and to Spain's standing as a modern democratic state.

The event, which has been criticized by some conservatives, was broadcast live by Spain's main TV channels and media websites.

Relatives of late dictator Gen. Francisco Franco carry his coffin at Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Spain has exhumed the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid and flown them by helicopter for reburial in a small family crypt north of the capital. The government-ordered, closed-door operation on Thursday satisfies a decades-old desire of many in Spain who considered the vainglorious mausoleum that Franco built an affront to the tens of thousands who died in Spain's Civil War and his subsequent regime as well as to Spain's standing as a modern democratic state. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
The car carrying the coffin of late dictator Gen. Francisco Franco arrives at Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Spain has exhumed the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid and flown them by helicopter for reburial in a small family crypt north of the capital. The government-ordered, closed-door operation on Thursday satisfies a decades-old desire of many in Spain who considered the vainglorious mausoleum that Franco built an affront to the tens of thousands who died in Spain's Civil War and his subsequent regime as well as to Spain's standing as a modern democratic state. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Relatives carry the coffin with the remains of Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco at the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Spain is exhuming the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid so he can be reburied in a small family crypt north of the capital. (AP Photo/Emilio Naranjo, Pool)
The coffin with the remains of Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco is loaded in a military helicopter at the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Spain has exhumed the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid so he can be reburied in a small family crypt north of the capital. (AP Photo/J.J. Guillén, Pool)
National police officers stand guard at the main gate outside Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Spanish government representatives arrive at the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Mariscal, Pool)
People pray the rosary outside the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Paul White)
People carrying a banner reading in Spanish
A man carries a wreath of flowers at Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
People carry wreath of flowers at Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Gen. Francisco Franco grandson, Jaime Martínez-Bordiú, left, next to Alfonso de Borbón, center, and Daniel Martínez-Bordiú y Toledo, right, arrive at the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. The body of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco is being exhumed Thursday from the grandiose mausoleum at the Valley of the Fallen before being transferred to a more discreet, private resting place. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Hidalgo, Pool)
A view of the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/J.J. Guillén, Pool)
People carrying a banner reading in Spanish
Relatives of Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco arrive at the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Emilio Naranjo, Pool)
Gen. Francisco Franco grandson, Jaime Martínez-Bordiú, left, next to Alfonso de Borbón, center, and Daniel Martínez-Bordiú y Toledo, right, arrive at the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. The body of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco is being exhumed Thursday from the grandiose mausoleum at the Valley of the Fallen before being transferred to a more discreet, private resting place. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Hidalgo, Pool)
People carry wreath of flowers at Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Wreath of flowers are placed outside Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. Inscription at ribbons reads in Spanish
People carry wreath of flowers at Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
A man carries a wreath of flowers at Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
A man carries a wreath of flowers at Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
A van carrying family members of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco drive in the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Paul White)
National Police stand guard the main entrance at Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Journalists stand outside Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A National Police officer stands guard one of the entrances at Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Wreath of flowers are placed outside Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. Inscription at ribbons reads in Spanish
A view of the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Emilio Naranjo, Pool)
A view of the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Emilio Naranjo, Pool)
Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco's grandson, Francisco Franco Martinez-Bordiu holds up a pre-constitutional Spanish flag he wants draped over the coffin General Franco during his reburial Thursday after an interview with The Associated Press in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Weather permitting, the Spanish dictator's preserved body will be flown Thursday by helicopter to the Franco family's private chapel in the Mingorrubio cemetery. It's a discrete site compared to the Valley of the Fallen, a vainglorious mausoleum and basilica that Franco built and where he was buried in 1975. The complex, which is topped by a 152-meter (500-foot) granite cross that can be seen for miles, still remains a National Heritage site. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Relatives carry the coffin with the remains of Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco at the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Spain is exhuming the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid so he can be reburied in a small family crypt north of the capital. (AP Photo/Emilio Naranjo, Pool)
Spanish Basque socialist holds a red rose tribute for people killed during the Spanish Cvil War on the day that the remains of late Spanish dictator Francisco Franco are to be exhumed, in the basque city of Vitoria, northern Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco are to be dug out of his grandiose resting place outside Madrid and taken to a small family crypt, finally satisfying a long-standing demand of his victims' relatives and others who suffered under his regime. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Relatives carry the coffin with the remains of Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco at the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Spain is exhuming the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid so he can be reburied in a small family crypt north of the capital. (AP Photo/Emilio Naranjo, Pool)
Relatives carry the coffin with the remains of Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco at the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Spain has exhumed the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid so he can be reburied in a small family crypt north of the capital. (AP Photo/Emilio Naranjo, Pool)
Relatives carry the coffin with the remains of Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco at the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Spain has exhumed the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid so he can be reburied in a small family crypt north of the capital. (AP Photo/J.J. Guillén, Pool)
A military helicopter carrying the coffin with the remains of Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco overflies the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Spain has exhumed the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid so he can be reburied in a small family crypt north of the capital. (AP Photo/Mariscal, Pool)
A military helicopter carrying the coffin with the remains of Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco overflies the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Forty-four years after his demise, the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Spain has exhumed the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid so he can be reburied in a small family crypt north of the capital. (AP Photo/Mariscal, Pool)