Madrid withdraws honours given to dictator Franco

30th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Madrid has withdrawn all the honours it bestowed on the late dictator Francisco Franco while he ruled from 1939 to 1975.

Madrid – The city of Madrid has withdrawn all the honours it bestowed on the late dictator Francisco Franco while he ruled Spain from 1939 to 1975, a spokesman for the city hall said Monday.

"The municipal council unanimously voted to withdraw Franco's honours," the spokesman told AFP. The Spanish capital's council is dominated by the right-wing opposition Popular Party.

General Franco, whose repressive rule was entrenched at the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1936-39, will no longer be "honorary mayor" nor "adopted son" of the city, both titles given him in 1964.

The city will also withdraw the medals of gold and of honour he was given in 1942 and 1959.

The move to strip the far-right military leader of his honours was put to the council by its members from the Izquierda Unida (United Left) party, which sought to take advantage of a "historical memory" law passed by Spain's socialist government in 2007.

This law provided for the elimination of any symbols of Franco's rule in public places. The last statue of the dictator on horseback was pulled down in December 2008 in a square in the northern city of Santandar, where it had stood since 1964.

In 2005, a bronze statue of Franco was pulled down in Madrid.

Another statue of Franco still stands in the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Morocco's coast, where authorities have promised to dismantle it.

In November last year, Franco was stripped of all the honours bestowed on him by his birthplace, El Ferrol in Galicia, in northeastern Spain.

According to an official report quoted by the Publico newspaper late in May, 585 symbols of the Franco era remain on public buildings in Spain, mainly those of the army, despite the law that they must go.

AFP / Expatica

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