21 Jul, 2021 @ 11:44
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Spain’s ministers back law to fine people up to €140,000 for publicly supporting ex-dictator General Franco

Spain's ministers back law that will fine people up to €140,000 for publicly supporting ex-dictator General Franco
Madrid, Spain; 22/11/2020.- Tribute to the coup general Francisco Franco on the anniversary of his death on 20/11/1975, the Spanish Catholic Movement party founded José Luis Corral split from another extreme right group called Fuerza Nueva and which vindicates Franco and the Francoist side of the Civil War, which he considers a "Crusade". They carry pre-constitutional flags and make the fascist salute. Fascist salute is the salute that the followers of the movements of this ideology use today. It is a variant of the Roman salute, and was adopted by the National Fascist Party and the Fascist Italy of Benito Mussolini, by the National Socialist German Workers Party and Nazi Germany under the command of Adolf Hitler and by the Spanish Falange of the National Offensive Boards Trade unionist and the dictatorship of Francisco Franco in Spain. Photo: Juan Carlos Rojas/Picture Alliance | usage worldwide

A draft ‘Law on Democratic Memory’ that bans public expressions of support for the ex-dictator, General Francisco Franco, has been backed by the Spanish cabinet.

People who publicly ‘glorify’ the fascist Franco era will face fines of between €200 to €140,000.

The measure now goes to Congress for approval ahead of getting onto the statute book.

The legislation would stop organisations that endorse Franco’s policies and those of his henchmen during his four decades of iron-fist rule.

The government believes that 114,000 people ‘disappeared’ during the Civil War between 1936-39 and during Franco’s dictatorship which ended with his death in 1975.

The law would set up two remembrance days to honour the victims and those people who fled Spain.

A registry of all of Franco’s victims will also be created.

The law also aims to get rid of anomalies in the country’s ‘Historic Memory’ law passed in 2007 that allowed public demonstrations supporting the dictator.

An expanded list of victims and crimes linked to Francoism will be introduced, in addition to increased backing for searches and victim exhumations from mass graves.

Government minister, Felix Bolaños, said: “With this law we will become a more decent country because we will serve the victims better.”

“We want the thousands of families who are still searching for the remains of their loved ones to know that they can count on the government in their mission to give them a dignified burial or to find out what exactly happened, “ he added.

The new law also at a stroke nullifies all convictions and punishments handed down by all of Franco’s political and legal machinery over matters like political beliefs and sexual orientation.

A special prosecutor will also be appointed to to investigate crimes committed by the Francoist right since the Civil War.




Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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