One of last statues of Franco is pulled down

24th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 August 2006, ZARAGOZA — A statue of the late dictator General Francisco Franco was removed on Thursday from the military academy in Zaragoza.

24 August 2006

ZARAGOZA — A statue of the late dictator General Francisco Franco was removed on Thursday from the military academy in Zaragoza.

In a controversial move, the defence ministry ordered the statue should be moved to a provincial museum in the eastern city.

In its place, a Spanish flag will be flown.

José Antonio Alonso, minister for defence, said a new monument will be chosen to replace the old statue of Franco riding a horse.

The new monument will "better express the role of the army within the Spanish constitution", said Alonso.

The Zaragoza statute was one of the last remaining statues of the dictator which had remained in situ since it was put up in 1948.

Franco, who died in 1975, was director of the military academy in Zaragoza.

Only four cities still have statues of Franco - Santander, Valencia, Toledo  and El Ferrol, in Galicia.

The only one is in a public area is in Santander.

The move to pull down statues of the late dictator, started by the present socialist government, has been resisted by right-wing groups who say they should remain where they are as reminders of part of Spanish history.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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