Madrid to finally erase dictator Franco’s city legacy

Madrid, Spain.

Madrid, Spain. Image by Kristijonas Dirse / CC BY 2.0

Madrid’s new left-wing mayor has announced his intention to rid the Spanish capital of any remaining symbols of the Franco era by changing the names of 150 streets, squares and public spaces. The existing names commemorate or celebrate the Franco dictatorship, which ruled Spain from the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939 to his death in 1975. In 2007 the Historical Memory Law officially condemned the Franco regime and mandated that all public symbols of his years in power be removed, however Madrid has yet to act on the law. Read more:

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