Spain wants to order the reburial of the bones of dictator Franco. His family protests. The new tomb should no longer be open to the public.
The Spanish government under Pedro Sánchez wants on Friday to give the green light for the controversial reburial of the bones of dictator Francisco Franco. The exhumation should be ordered in the context of the next Council of Ministers despite the resistance of the family of the “Generalísimo” (1892-1975). This reported the Spanish television, citing government sources. The family then has 15 days to announce where the body is to be buried.
If they do not, the government will determine the burial place, it was said. A reburial in the centrally located Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, on which the family had punched in recent months, but are out of the question.
Socialists want to deny public access
Franco sparked off the Spanish Civil War in 1936 with a coup against the elected republican government. After the victory of the right-wing forces in 1939, he ruled the country dictatorially until his death in 1975.
According to the wishes of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSOE), Franco is no longer to be buried in a place open to the public. The Sánchez government had made the issue one of its priorities since taking office last June.
For months, there have been discussions about the reburial from the so-called Valley of the Fallen, a huge mausoleum about 60 kilometers northwest of Madrid, which is still a pilgrimage site for right-wing extremists. The corpse is located since 1975 in the local basilica, over which a 155-meter-high cross towers.
The monument had been driven into the rock by inhumane conditions from 1940 to 1959 on Franco’s orders by 20,000 republican forced laborers. Many did not survive the hardships.