Veterans campaign to remove Franco memories

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22 March 2005, MADRID-An association of anti-Franco veterans began a campaign designed to wipe out the last vestiges of the military dictator's 1939-75 rule.

22 March 2005

MADRID-An association of anti-Franco veterans began a campaign designed to wipe out the last vestiges of the military dictator's 1939-75 rule.

The move came just days after authorities pulled down the last statue of Francisco Franco in Madrid.

Despite the removal of that statue depicting the former leader on horseback several Franquist statues, commemorative plaques and street names remain in other cities, to the chagrin of those who were opposed to the dictatorship which followed three years of civil war.

The Association for the Recovery of Historic Monuments (ARMH) appealed to the public to help log "an inventory of Franquist symbols which remain in public places."

The appeal followed comments by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the weekend that "it is unthinkable that in a democracy reminders of dictators should remain in public places."

The ARMH, which led moves to localise the bodies of thousands of victims of Franco's regime flung in common graves during decades of repression, intends to pass on the inventory to a government commission set up in September
to rehabilitate victims and compensate their relatives.

Franco, who took power after defeating the elected republican government following the civil war, remains a deeply controversial figure nearly 30 years after his death, provoking bitter arguments over his legacy.

His regime's most visible legacy is the huge Valley of the Fallen mausoleum built by republican prisoners west of Madrid.

The basilica on the site, topped with a 150-metres high (420-feet) cross contains his tomb.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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