ONCE Francisco Franco’s favourite fishing port, today Barbate has removed all traces of the former dictator from its streets.
In an attempt to move away from its fascist past, it has renamed a total of 34 streets.
The town – which was officially named Barbate de Franco in the 1940s and became a popular summer retreat for the dictator – has got a grant of 5000 euros to remove and change the names.
This includes the removal of a window at the Town Hall, dedicated to “Francisco Franco, founder of Barbate”.
While the town was officially renamed in 1998, Spain’s Law of Historical Memory forbids the display of fascist symbols from public spaces and buildings, unless an argument can be made for its artistic or religious merit.
The law, passed in 2007, also forbids the organisation of events at Franco’s grave, assists the repatriation of Spaniards forced to flee under his regime and provides recognition for the victims of Franco during and after the Spanish Civil War.
Nearby, Tarifa has also followed a similar attempt to wipe clean reminders of this period of history.
The fascist symbol of an eagle set within a badge has been removed from the entrance to the old marine infantry barracks. It is the second symbol to be removed from the town.
In total 336 fascist symbols have been removed so far from military installations across the country.