Government sued for removal of Franco statue
11 April 2005, MADRID - A rightwing splinter group has brought a law suit against the Spanish government for removing a statue of dictator Francisco Franco from the Spanish capital.
11 April 2005
MADRID - A rightwing splinter group has brought a law suit against the Spanish government for removing a statue of dictator Francisco Franco from the Spanish capital.
The group, called the Spanish Alternative, said the removal of the statue was a "misdemeanour against Spain's cultural and historical heritage".
It said the Socialist government's removal of the city's last statue of General Franco last month was "sectarian" and "revenge seeking".
The lawsuit, filed in Spain's supreme court, specifically targets the country's Public Works Minister, Magdalena Alvarez.
Authorities have pulled down several Franco-era statues recently, including two in the north-eastern city of Guadalajara last month.
While commemorative plaques and streets named for the Spanish dictator are still found throughout Spain, the Madrid statue of Franco on his horse was one of the country's last four.
According to the government, the dismounted statues have been placed in a warehouse and may eventually be transferred to the army museum in Madrid.
Spanish Alternative said that if it wins its case the government will have to return the statue to its original place.
Franco ruled Spain via a military dictatorship between 1939 and 1975.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news