10 May, 2017 @ 16:10
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Franco’s body set to be removed from Valle de Los Caidos tomb after vote tomorrow

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General Franco set tobe exhumed from his Valle de Los Caidos tomb
General Franco set tobe exhumed from his Valle de Los Caidos tomb
General Franco set tobe exhumed from his Valle de Los Caidos tomb

GENERAL Franco’s body is set to be removed from his Valle de Los Caidos tomb after a vote in Spain’s parliament.

The majority of deputies voting in Spain’s Congress tomorow are in favour of the Socialist PSOE motion to exhume the dictator’s body from the controversial site near Madrid.

The public site was constructed by thousands of Republican prisoners and is the final resting place of 33,000 Civil War victims.

If the motion is approved, his remains will be disinterred and, most likely, taken for a private burial at his family’s estate in Galicia.

The motion has been supported by Unidos Podemos, Ciudadanos, ERC, PNV and Bildu with only the right-wing PP expected to vote against it.

Granada PSOE deputy Gregorio Camara said: “We have to take this step forward, to comply with the law and establish new ways of developing.

“There is nothing in this law that can be rejected from any democratic point of view.”

Socialist leaders Adolfo Suarez, Felipe Gonzalez  and Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero have all previously failed to disinter Franco’s body.

Every November 20, far-right supporters visit Valle de Los Caidos to pay homage to Franco Falange party founder Jose Antonio Primo De Rivera at a Mass.

“It would be impossible to carry out the process of rebranding Valle de los Caidos without removing Franco and ensuring the remains of Primo de Rivera don’t occupy a prominent place,” continued Camara.

Joe Duggan (Reporter)

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