“Symbol of separation”: in Spain plans to bring the remains of Franco from the mausoleum
The government of Spain passed a decree on the reburial of former leader Francisco Franco. This decision was taken after several decades of disputes in society and in government circles — but for the entry into force of the document must obtain the support of Parliament.
The remains of Franco after his death was buried in the valley of the Fallen, a monumental complex in 60 km from Madrid, which was built on the orders of the dictator after the civil war 1936-39. In the Valley buried more than 34 thousand people from both the warring parties.
As stated on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, Carmen Calvo, the current burial place of Franco “demonstrates a lack of respect for the world and for the victims who are buried there”.
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The document amends the law on historical memory, passed in 2007, and involves getting rid of the symbols of francoism. Now the decree must be approved by the Congress of deputies.
Prime Minister Pedro sánchez, who came to power in June this year, said earlier that the reburial Franco will help to reconcile the Spaniards in their attitude toward the past.
“As a Mature European democracy, Spain can’t resolve symbols that divide the Spaniards”, said Sanchez soon after inauguration, the Prime Minister. He also noted that this mausoleum is impossible to imagine in any other European country emerging from fascist dictatorship.