Madrid lawyers to vote on removing Franco as honorary dean

11th December 2013, Comments 0 comments

Madrid's Bar Association said Wednesday it will decide in a vote next week whether to remove Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco as its honorary dean, 38 years after his death.

The proposal to remove the honour, which was awarded Franco in March 1939, will be voted on at a general meeting of the association on Thursday, a spokesman for the association said.

It was made by the Free Association of Lawyers, an industry group, which argues that the honour violates a 2007 law passed by Spain's previous Socialist government which bans Francoist symbols from public places.

Keeping Franco as an honorary dean also "does not correspond with the democratic spirit and defence of human rights" which is the Bar Association's mission, the proposal by the association added.

Under the Historical Memory Law, governments around Spain are obliged to remove symbols of the Franco dictatorship from all public buildings and spaces.

Franco ruled Spain from the end of the country's 1936-39 civil war until his death in 1975 and brutally oppressed political opponents during this period.

The Madrid Bar Association has around 65,000 members who will be able to vote on the proposal next week.

© 2013 AFP

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