Lorca's killers revealed on anniversary of murder

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18 August 2006, GRANADA — New claims about who killed Spain's most famous playwright Federico Garcia Lorca will be made on Friday on the 70th anniversary of his murder.

18 August 2006

GRANADA — New claims about who killed Spain's most famous playwright Federico Garcia Lorca will be made on Friday on the 70th anniversary of his murder.

Lorca, one of Spain's greatest poets and playwrights, was shot dead by one of General Franco's firing squads as the Civil War started.

A Republican intellectual, the poet was one of 5,000 people from Granada executed by the Nationalist forces during the Civil War.

The Andalusian town fell to Franco's army weeks after the uprising on 18 July.

On 16 August, 1936, the author of Blood Wedding was dragged from the family home outside Granada and taken to a local jail.

Two days later he was executed and his books banned under Franco.

On Friday,  Lorca's native Granada is paying tribute to his life and works in a ceremony attended by Culture Minister Carmen Calvo and the writer's biographer Ian Gibson among others.

Filmmaker Emilio Ruiz Barranchina will present an excerpt of his unreleased documentary which claims members of Lorca's own family were behind his killing.

The documentary is due to be shown in September.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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