24th June 2024
Madrid News Main News

Fascist protest against moving Franco’s remains

Hundreds of people protested on Sunday against plans to remove dictator Francisco Franco’s remains from ‘El Valle de los Caídos’ (The Valley of the Fallen), a memorial built by the fascist regime to celebrate its victory in the Spanish Civil War.

Demonstrators hailed the late dictator, making the fascist salute and chanting his name in front of the basilica where his body is buried. They also shouted against refugees and the Catalan independence movement.

People make fascist salute at demonstration against plans to remove Franco from the Valley of the Fallen (by REUTERS/Javier Barbancho)

Protesters waved flags with Francoist symbols, which were subsequently seized by police officers, as such symbols are banned from being displayed at the memorial.

Spain’s new Socialist government recently unveiled plans to transfer Franco’s remains to a different site. ‘I don’t think that a mature and European democracy like ours can have symbols that divide Spaniards,’ said Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in an interview with El País newspaper.

Sánchez’s government wants to turn the memorial, where the bodies of tens of thousands who fought in the war lie buried, into a place fostering ‘reconciliation and peace.’

The demonstration was organised by the far-right group, Movimiento por España (Movement for Spain). ‘They aim to profane our leader’s tomb and our sacred monuments, and we won’t tolerate it,’ said the group in a press release.

‘You’ve crossed the last red line and you won’t go any further. Half of Spain does not accept surrendering to die and being incarcerated and persecuted, which is what you’re aiming for. The true Spain of God and Franco, of [queen] Isabel the Catholic.’

The Spanish Civil War raged from 1936 to 1939, after the then general Francisco Franco led an armed coup against Spain’s short-lived democratic government. The war ended in victory for Franco’s Nationalist forces over the Republicans, who were loyal to the Second Spanish Republic. Franco then took control of Spain and established a dictatorship, which would last until the dictator’s death in 1975.

Recent Posts

Week-long search for missing teenager Jay Slater in Tenerife continues

News Desk

Barcelona wants to revoke all city’s 10,101 tourist apartment licences by Nov 2028

News Desk

Spain advances to Euro knockout round after beating defending champions Italy

Sports Desk

Two beluga whales evacuated from war-torn Ukraine to Valencia aquarium

News Desk

Five migrants found dead on boat off Canary Islands, with 68 others rescued

News Desk

Iberian Lynx species rebounds from brink of extinction, due to conservation efforts

News Desk

Leave a Comment