Spain: ‘Today, Spain Complies with Itself’ – Sanchez on Franco´s Exhumation

Spain: ‘Today, Spain Complies with Itself’ – Sanchez on Franco´s Exhumation


“Today, Spain complies with itself. With this decision, a moral affront is ending, as is the enhancement of the figure of a dictator in a public space.” “A further step is taken towards reconciliation, which can only rest through democracy and freedom, that we all share. And makes our democracy more prestigious, not only to our eyes, but also to the eyes of the world, following a recommendation supported, among other organisations, by the United Nations.” “It took us a long time to get rid of a repressive regime, and it has taken us almost the same time to remove the remains of this dictator from public tribute. All opinions fit on when was better to carry out this action.” “Everyone can have their opinion, but the Government of Spain publicly announced that it would do so at the first moment that this was possible. And this is the moment, and so it has been done, not a day before or a day later.” “The mausoleum of the Valley of the Fallen was erected with the sacrifice of thousands of political prisoners of the dictatorship. There, the mortal remains of almost 34,000 compatriots were buried, all of them victims of the Civil War.” “More than a third of them remain unidentified today, and many of them rest in that place after their bodies were transferred without consent, or in the utmost ignorance, of their relatives. It is, therefore, an infamy that, sooner rather than later, must also be repaired, as will be the case with the thousands of graves that are still scattered throughout our geography.” “It is an aberration that we must face. For justice and for dignity but, above all, for humanity. The generation of our grandparents faced a fierce challenge. The generation of our parents made peace in an act of concord. Today, we pay tribute to all the past generations, and with our thoughts into future generations, we proclaim that the teaching of democracy and coexistence will always have a place in our homeland.”

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