Hon­our­ing the 'Ma­rina Alta 52'

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

Trib­utes were held across the Ma­rina Alta on Sun­day to 52 Repub­li­cans from the area who were shot dead en masse to­wards the end of the Civil War when fight­ing against dic­ta­tor Gen­eral Franco's men.

Pego, Pe­dreguer and Dé­nia have been hold­ing me­mo­rial ser­vices for the mar­tyrs for the last 15 years to en­sure those who gave their lives in de­fend­ing Spain's free­dom are never for­got­ten.

One of the most prom­i­nent lead­ers of the cam­paign – spear­headed by Ma­rina Alta So­cial­ists and the as­so­ci­a­tion Vent de Pro­grés ('Wind of Progress') - was Pe­dreguer's ex­mayor Vi­cent Costa, who re­cently passed away and who al­ways in­sisted that ' si­lence is the can­cer of Span­ish democ­racy'.

The 52 Repub­li­cans were lined up against the wall of Dé­nia ceme­tery and slaugh­tered by a Fran­coist fir­ing squad 78 years ago in the fi­nal weeks of the war.

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