Spanish legal campaign insists symbols of Franco regime be removed

Arco de la Victoria, Madrid.

Arco de la Victoria, Madrid. Image by János Korom Dr. / CC BY-SA 2.0

A major lawsuit has been launched in Spain demanding that 38 mayors across the country remove symbols of the right-wing Franco regime that have endured since the dictator died in the 1970s.

The symbols include statues and monuments dedicated to Franco and his period in power that have lingered in public spaces, despite a 2007 law mandating that all Franco symbols be removed from the public sphere. Franco ruled Spain from 1939 to 1975 and his regime was characterised by military repression, political purges and economic hardship. He was instrumental in the Spanish Civil War of 1936 that led to him taking power, during which hundreds of thousands of people died.

"The goal is to restore dignity to the victims of the Franco regime, to stop us from being humiliated as a country, to improve our history as a nation and homeland, and respect the law," said Eduardo Ranz, the lawyer who has brought the lawsuit. Read more:

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