Court refuses Spanish Civil War archives appeal

17th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 June 2005, MADRID — Spain's highest court has rejected a request by a regional government to stop Civil War documents being returned to Catalonia from an archive in Salamanca.

17 June 2005

MADRID — Spain's highest court has rejected a request by a regional government to stop Civil War documents being returned to Catalonia from an archive in Salamanca.

The regional government of Castila y Leon tried to stop the documents, which relate to events during the Civil War, being returned to Catalonia.

Amid protests from right-wing elements in the conservative opposition Popular Party, the Socialist government decided to return Spanish Civil War documents taken from Catalonia during Franco’s dictatorship.

Last Saturday, 30,000 people took to the streets of Salamanca to protest as Catalan politicians visited the city to inspect the archives.

Josep Carod-Rovira, leader of the left-wing nationalist Esquerra Republicana Catalana (ERC) allegedly received death threats from protestors with placards depicting a coffin and the words: 'Carod, this is your box'.

The Audiencia Nacional ruled the documents cannot be kept at Salamanca while an appeal goes through the courts against the government's decision.

But a spokesman for the Salamanca city council said after hearing the decision "the legal battle goes on".

At least 507 boxes containing archives relating to the Civil War period will be moved back to Barcelona, where they were originally held, before Franco's victory in 1939.

The government’s culture minister Carmen Calvo pointed out that the Popular Party (PP) demonstration last weekend was carried out under false pretences as the documents destined for Catalonia had been requested by Catalonia’s PP for the last 30 years.

"This isn’t the Archive of Salamanca, nor are these the papers of Salamanca," she stated. "This is a state archive and keeps documents from the whole of Spain."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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