The last public statue of former dictator Francisco Franco in Spain has been removed from the gate of Melilla, a Spanish enclave and autonomous city on the coast of Northwest Africa.
Without much publicity, a group of workers lowered the statue on Tuesday, used mechanical excavators and heavy drills to cut off the brick platform on which the statue stood, and then lifted it with a chain around its neck and carried it in. Bubble wrap on the truck.
Three years after Franco̵
“For Melilla, this is a historic day,” Elena Fernandez Trevino, who is in charge of enclave education and culture, voted to pass the statue to the local council on Monday. After removing it, it was pointed out that this was “the only statue. The dictator is still in the public domain in Europe.”
Only the far-right Volks Party voted against this move, believing that the statue was celebrating Franco’s military role rather than dictatorship, so the 2007 “Historical Memory Act” required the deletion of all symbols related to Franco’s regime.
With the support of this law, the Spanish government has carried out several high-profile recalls, including taking over the former dictator’s Summer Palace from his heir.
In the past 40 years since the failed military coup of the Guardia civilian police loyal to Franco, Spain has removed the statue of Melilla, who stormed into the parliament and is preparing for the new government The voter shot in the head.
In a ceremony held in Parliament, the traces of the bullet fired 40 years ago were still clearly seen. King Felipe VI praised those who participated in stopping the coups, which ultimately led to “democratic victory.”
The king told the parliament: “Forty years ago, Spain has suffered an extremely serious attack on its democratic system.” His father intervened in the crisis that occurred when his father was only 13 years old.
Former King Juan Carlos (Juan Carlos) abdicated in 2014, and although he played a central role in stopping the coup, he did not attend the ceremony. Last year, he faced more and more doubts about his source of wealth, so he began to exile himself.
However, after Juan Carlos made a decisive response, the coup changed. When Juan Carlos was commander-in-chief, he wore a uniform and gave a televised speech, calling on the armed forces not to support the riot.
El Mundo said in an editorial that Juan Carlos’s absence “due to his own due mistakes and should not compromise his outstanding role”.
It added: “He stopped the coup and the democratic system was strengthened so that it is one of the best regimes in the West.”