The regional ombudsman in Andalusia, Jess Maizto, asked the local authorities to inform whether public places in their regions “still contain any elements indicating Franco’s regime. As they crossed,” El Mundo reported.
Maizotou referred to the Historic Remembrance Act, passed by the Socialist government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in 2007, which stipulates that all symbols commemorating and commending the rule of General Francisco Franco must be removed from public places. Since the law went into effect, many monuments have been demolished and the streets renamed. The current left-wing coalition government of Pedro Sanchez is preparing a bill on the democratic commemoration of the parliamentary approval, which is a continuation and extension of the previous law.
The cross was widespread as a Frankie symbol, it was found in all regions
– Said Cecilio Gordillo, Coordinator of the Historical Remembrance in Andalusia.
In the absence of a response from the local administrations, the speaker, a former pastor, prepares his own list of crosses with their history and photos. Those belonging to the Franconian era will be demolished, “and their purpose was to commemorate the victims of the Franco-Civil War” – according to the sources quoted by the newspaper.
The preliminary list already includes 19 crosses “glorifying the Frankish”, most of them in Andalusia and some in the region of Extremadura. The spokesman expects that a special committee will meet, upon the invitation of the regional government, within a few months to make final decisions on the basis of the “list of symbols”.
It is already known that, first of all, the cross will be removed in the town of Benaflor, ruled by the United Left (IU), near Seville.
The catalog also mentions the cross on Zahara de los Atunes near Cádiz, which was transported in the 1990s to the cemetery, as well as the crosses in Montilla and Pedroche near Córdoba and in Dos Hermanas near Seville, which are found in public places. The Borkona Cross near Jaen, located on the outer wall of the church, with a visible inscription: “They have fallen for the sake of God and their homeland, and may be removed. Present,” with the names of the victims on the Franconian side.
A week ago in Aguilar de Frontera in Andalusia, the left-wing mayor Carmen Flores ordered the removal of the historic cross that stood at the entrance to the Carmelite Church of the Order. According to her, the cross was associated with “a bond with the Franks,” as it was established by the Frankish regime in 1938. A film was published on the web showing the destruction of the cross and the locals chanting: Spain “Down with Communism.” Pictures provided by the right-wing Vox party show a cross Lying on a trash can among the rubble
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