The last statue of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco was removed from the gates of the town of Melilla, a Spanish enclave and autonomous city northwest of the African coast, on Tuesday (23).
Unethically, a group of workers operated a mechanical bulldozer and heavy drill to destroy the brick platform on which the statue was standing, lifted the piece with a chain around its neck and into the plastic behind a truck Wrapped it away.
The statue, made three years after Franco’s death in 1978, commemorates his role as commander of the Spanish Legion in Ripe War, the conflict in the 1920s Spain And France against the barbaric tribes of the mountainous region of Rife in Morocco.
“This is a historic day, after the local assembly voted to remove the monument on Monday, saying it was the only statue dedicated to a dictator,” said Elena Fernandez Trevino, in charge of education and culture in Elena. Is still in the public domain in Europe ”.
Only the far-flung Party Vox voted against the measure, arguing that the statue commemorated Franco’s military role, not his dictatorship, and thus a statute of the Historical Memory Act, 2007 that all associated with the Franco regime Requires to remove symbols. Will not be implemented.
The Spanish government made several significant expulsions under this law, including the seizure of the former dictator’s summer palace of his successors in September.
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