More statues of Spanish dictators come down

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23 March 2005, GUADALAJARA-Following moves to pull down statues to Franco elsewhere in Spain, the city of Guadalajara is to remove one to the former dictator.

23 March 2005

GUADALAJARA-Following moves to pull down statues to Franco elsewhere in Spain, the city of Guadalajara is to remove one to the former dictator.

City authorities will also take down a statue to another former Spanish dictator, Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, who ruled the country between 1923 and 1931.

The move follows the decision to pull down statues to Franco in Madrid and Santander in northern Spain, during the past week.

The removal of the statues has been highly controversial in Spain, despite it being nearly 30 years since the death of Franco in November 1975.

Fascist supporters of the former caudillo gathered to protest amid heated scenes in both cities.

Anti-fascist veterans have started a campaign to rid Spain of all symbols of the Franco era, which is commemorated in statues, street names and other symbols.

In Guadalajara, the statues of Franco and Primo de Rivera may be taken to the Army Museum, city authorities said.

The Socialist city council said both statues should be removed as they were symbols of the past.

They said they should be replaced with symbols of peace, dialogue or liberty.

The statue of Primo de Rivera was only one in Spain and, according to Socialists who were in favour of it being removed, it had become a point of pilgrimage for the far-right.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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