‘Criminal’ general

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‘Criminal’ general

AN anti-fascist group has taken direct action against a street named after one of Franco’s former generals.

They are furious that despite a change in the law two years ago the street is still named after General Asensio Cabanillas, who was one of Franco’s key soldiers.

The group Nerja Limpia de Simbolos Fascistas (NLSF) has now supplanted the word ‘General’ with ‘Criminal’ in a symbolic protest against the road.

They ‘strongly objects’ to the glorification of Cabanillas, who led the notoriously bloody advance into Madrid at the end of the civil war in 1939.

After the war, Franco made him a Lieutenant General and he went on to become the Minister of War and later the military boss of the Balearic Islands.

According to the group, the street sign is in direct violation of the Law of Historical Memory, which provides for the removal of Franco symbols from public buildings and spaces.

Last month the Olive Press reported how locals in Malaga were angry over the failure to re-name of Carlos Haya Hospital in Malaga, which is named after a famous fascist pilot.

Other symbols around Andalucia include – in Jerez – a huge statue to Jose Primo de Rivera, who was the founder of the Falange, on which Franco based his politics.

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