1,000 victims of Civil War reprisal killings found

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19 August 2005, LUGO — More than 1,000 bodies of people killed in reprisals by both sides during the Spanish Civil War have been located by campaigners who want to preserve their memory.

19 August 2005

LUGO — More than 1,000 bodies of people killed in reprisals by both sides during the Spanish Civil War have been located by campaigners who want to preserve their memory.

Santiago Macías, vice-president of the Association for the Recuperation of Historical Memory, said his group had helped to find the bodies at various sites across Spain.

Macías said 500 bodies had already been found, but another mass grave in Cuenca in central Spain contained the remains of 500 more.

Macías said one victim was the former mayor of Loentia, near Castro de Rei, in Lugo, northern Spain.

Severino Rivas was assassinated in 1936.

DNA tests will be carried out on his body, but it appeared he had been beaten to death, said Macias.

The association has been campaigning to locate all those who were killed in reprisals carried out by both republicans and nationalists during the 1936-39 war.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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