Defence minister turns down Franco statue offer

31st May 2005, Comments 0 comments

31 May 2005, MADRID — Spanish defence minister Jose Bono has refused to accept a statue of late dictator Francisco Franco on the grounds that his ministry "is not a refuge for dictators".

31 May 2005

MADRID — Spanish defence minister Jose Bono has refused to accept a statue of late dictator Francisco Franco on the grounds that his ministry "is not a refuge for dictators".

Municipal authorities in the central town of Guadalajara had decided to donate the statue to the ministry.

The statue was taken down in March as part of a wider campaign to rid Spain of public symbols of the man who ruled the country for four decades from 1939.

But Bono argued that he and his ministry did not want it.

Bono joked that "my house is already full of presents" and that "we are not a refuge for dictators, be it on a horse or a statue."

In March, the government dismantled the last remaining statue of Franco on public display in the capital and the one in Guadalajara followed, leaving just two nationwide, although various plaques and street names bearing his name remain.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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