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Like father like son

On 31 October 2007 the Ley de Memoria Histórica was passed. It is about putting right some of the wrongs perpertrated by the Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War and from the Francoist dictatorship that resulted.

Yesterday, in Santander, one of the last statues of Franco was carted away on the back of a lorry as all Francoist symbols have to be removed from public places as a result of the law. That just leaves one statue down in Melilla and that's due to go next year. 

Here in Ciudad Rodrigo the name José Antonio Prima de la Rivera is painted on the wall of one of the churches. He was the bloke who founded the Falange party, the Spanish equivalent of the Nazi party in 1933. His dad, Miguel Primo de la Rivera had been the head of a small "council" that governed Spain between 1923 and 1930 and he is usually referred to as a dictator.

As you can see from the photo someone chucked a paint bomb at the sign a while ago and I presume that the name will have to go soon. But the Church always had strong links with the Falange and the Nationalists and I suppose feet are being dragged.


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