Skip to comments.Spain Orders Franco's Body Exhumed From Mausoleum
Posted on 03/15/2019 10:55:44 AM PDT by Red Badger
Spain will exhume the body of dictator Francisco Franco to remove it from a state mausoleum seen by many as a monument to fascism, the Socialist government announced on Friday, in one of its last moves before a snap election due on April 28.
The plan to move divides opinion in a country conflicted about the dictatorship that ended with his death in 1975. The exhumation has been delayed several times, but the government said on Friday it would go ahead on June 10.
Franco will be taken from the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum to be reburied next to his wife, Carmen Polo, in the family tomb at Mingorrubio El Pardo, a state cemetery where various political figures are buried, in a ceremony without media coverage, Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo said.
His family opposes the exhumation and has taken the issue to courts, but the Supreme Court has been silent so far.
"The dictator's family and those around them have made use of every available legal instrument ... forcing delays in the process," Calvo said after cabinet agreed to push ahead.
She added that if a new government emerging from next month's election were to try to cancel the reburial, it would first have to change the so-called historical memory law, approved in 2007, that condemns the Franco regime
El Independiente newspaper quoted Luis Felipe Utrera-Molina, a lawyer for the Franco family, as dismissing the decision as "fireworks" and saying the government could not legally access Franco's burial place to exhume the remains.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez promised to remove Franco's remains before the end of his term, one of several high-profile measures intended to appeal to left-wing voters.
The Socialists have long sought to transform the Valley of the Fallen into a memorial to victims of the civil war in which 500,000 combatants and civilians were killed.
The party is ahead in opinion polls but well short of parliament majority.
Support for far-right party Vox, which wants Franco's remains to stay where they are, has been growing since it won seats in an Andalusian election in 2018 in the first electoral success for a far-right party since Spain's return to democracy.
Franco's family had said if his remains are removed, he should be reinterred at the Almudena Roman Catholic Cathedral in central Madrid, where his daughter is buried.
Spain has a socialist government?
Can we do that to McLoser. If so, then lets Hang him!
Not sure they're itching for another civil war, but the animosity is pretty bitter.
Animosity over what?
Between socialists and other groups?
He had the nerve to fight foreign commies.
Also profound and intransigent regional tensions. North versus south, everyone is angry with the Catalans in Barcelona area.
It's as bad as Boston.
and the brains to keep Hitler at several arms length!
Not since 1492..................
It reminds me of the Confederate Statue controversies here in the U.S. People seem intent upon denying their past.
The “Valley of the Fallen” has Franco there, as well as memorial graves of both sides of the Spanish Civil War. So, they will leave the peculiarly (communist propaganda created) “Republican” (who were the socialist/commies) leaders there, nevertheless.
The upcoming election is being “interfered with “ by world communists.
Franco was a Fascist— but was no pal of the Leftist Socialists of the German Nazi Party, including Hitler. And, he wasn’t too enamoured of the other said Fascist— Mussolini (who also did not think much of Hitler, who was only to the “Right” of the Communist Party of Germany).
So it goes. And soon we’ll have to hear from “The Sun Also Rises” hemingway bullcrap. Hemingway having long known the Communist Kim Philby’s actions in the Spanish Civil War- on the side of the Socialists, and the so called (again commie labeled) “Lincoln Brigade” of foreign fighters that included the completely disillusioned and disgusted George Orwell.
Orwell’s writing on his time there in Spain, and his description of what twists of pretzel logic were applied by these ruthless communists.
A vicious civil war. And... no surprise at all that Moochelle spent so much time there in Spain to get plastic surgery to correct butt ugly— and stay in touch with the financiers of the Left for Cuba and the Castros. Cannot make this up— it is World Socialism which is (see Lenin)— Communism.
“The goal of socialism is Communism.”......V. Lenin..............
LOL!! News update at 11!
thread starter and ender...
Were there Non Catholic Cathedrals in Spain in 1492? No, there were Islamic Mosque there, but that ended with the reconquest of Catholic Spain from the Muslim invaders
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