'Salamanca papers' can return to Catalonia

24th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

26 January 2006, MADRID — Spain's leading court has decided thousands of documents from the Salamanca Civil War Archive can finally return to Catalonia 66 years after they were seized.

26 January 2006

MADRID — Spain's leading court has decided thousands of documents from the Salamanca Civil War Archive can finally return to Catalonia 66 years after they were seized.

Last week, the papers finally left the archive after a 30-year row, on their way back to Barcelona.

But an 11th-hour appeal by the regional government of Castilla y Leon meant the Audiencia Nacional in Madrid – where they are currently being held – had to decide their final destination.

The court decided they can return to Barcelona and ruled against the appeal.

The papers were taken from Barcelona at the end of the civil war in 1939 when General Francisco Franco's forces overcame the Republican government, then based in the Catalan capital.

After Franco's death in 1975, there have been repeated attempts to have the papers returned.

They relate to police reports on Republican sympathisers, anti-Fascist groups and official government documents.

The government ordered their return to Barcelona, despite legal challenges from the regional government of Castilla y Leon, whose capital is Salamanca.

The row has been a long-running struggle between the right and the left, which has seen stormy demonstrations at the archive.

The Salamanca city council last Thursday also launched another appeal to stop the papers being taken to Barcelona.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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