Ex­hum­ing Franco

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - SPAIN NEWS -

The Coun­cil of Min­is­ters was due to ap­prove mea­sures yes­ter­day (Thurs­day) to al­low the ex­huma­tion of the re­mains of fas­cist dic­ta­tor Fran­cisco Franco from the pur­pose­built mau­soleum in the Valle de los Caí­dos.

Prime Min­is­ter Pe­dro Sánchez said th­ese were ‘some of the fi­nal ad­min­is­tra­tive de­tails’ needed to re­move Franco’s body from the mon­u­ment which is sup­posed to be a me­mo­rial to the dead of the Span­ish Civil War, but only re­mem­bers those who fought for the Na­tion­al­ist side. Thou­sands of Repub­li­can sup­port­ers were used as forced labour af­ter the civil war ended in 1939 to ex­ca­vate a vast cham­ber in the side of the val­ley were the mon­u­ment is sit­u­ated. Many of them died in the bru­tal con­di­tions they worked un­der. The Valle de los Caí­dos has al­ways been a ral­ly­ing point for Franco’s sup­port­ers and many still pay homage to the dic­ta­tor at the site. The So­cial­ist (PSOE) gov­ern­ment has vowed to ‘de­politi­cise’ the mon­u­ment and en­sure it re­mem­bers all the dead of the con­flict. The Coun­cil of Min­is­ters will ask Madrid re­gional gov­ern­ment for a re­port which has to been pro­duced within a month on san­i­tary-re­lated as­pects of the ex­huma­tion. They will then send their own guide­lines to Madrid city hall so they can re­move the dic­ta­tor’s body. On Wed­nes­day po­lice in Ter­rassa, Barcelona ar­rested a se­cu­rity guard who stated on What­sApp he was go­ing to kill the PM in re­venge for ex­hum­ing Franco’s re­mains. Ac­cord­ing to state news agency EFE, he is an ex­pert marks­man who had an arse­nal of weapons in his home.

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