Spanish poet's civil-war grave to be opened

17th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Authorities in southern Spain said Friday they are ready to open a mass grave that could contain the remains of Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, although his relatives oppose any exhumation.

Madrid - Authorities in southern Spain said Friday they are ready to open a mass grave that could contain the remains of Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, although his relatives oppose any exhumation.

Garcia Lorca was shot by supporters of General Francisco Franco during Spain's 1936-39 civil war and is believed to have been buried in the grave at Alfaca, near Granada.

"Our aim is to look for him," said the minister of justice for the Andalucia region, Begona Alvarez, as she signed agreements to undertake the work.

"We will reveal the number of bodies discovered... Obviously the rest is up to the families -- whether the remains are identified or not identified," she said.

She added that work would begin "immediately".

The grave thought to contain the remains of Garcia Lorca and three other people shot along with him is one of six believed to be in Alfaca. Four of them will be dug up first.

Garcia Lorca's relatives have urged the Andalucia government not to exhume his remains, but asked to be allowed to identify the remains and dispose of them if they are found.

Lorca, Spain's most widely acclaimed 20th century poet, was 38 when he was killed. His poems and plays, which deal with universal themes such as love, death, passion, cruelty and injustice, are widely studied at universities.

AFP/Expatica

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