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article imageSpanish PP mayor: 'Franco's victims probably deserved to die'

By Anne Sewell     Aug 6, 2013 in World
Baralla - A conservative Partido Popular (PP) mayor in Baralla, in the north of Spain, has sparked anger and controversy by claiming that those who were sentenced to death during the regime of former Spanish dictator Franco "deserved it."
It has come to light that during a municipal hearing on July 26 in the town of Baralla in Galicia, Spain, Manuel González Capón, the PP mayor, spoke these unfortunate words.
Reportedly the session included a vote condemning violent acts by the separatist group Resistencia Galega (Galician Resistance), who have committed terrorist bombings in Galicia region.
However, when González and his Councillors were asked to also denounce the murders committed during Spain’s 40-year Francoist regime, the conservative leader said “they probably got what they deserved.”
Socialists in Baralla were appalled by González’s claims, labeling them as “hurtful and inacceptable in a democratic society.”
The PSOE (opposition party) in Baralla said in an official statement: “If they (the PP) don’t apologize, all they’ll be doing is showing how dictatorial conservative town hall leaders are in Spain.”
Despite this, the mayor insisted that “his words were taken out of context” but did admit that they were, indeed, “unfortunate.”
It is unknown exactly how many people were murdered during Franco's "reign," but it is estimated that around 15,000 to 50,000 Spaniards lost their lives. Franco was the Spanish military leader who ruled as the dictator of Spain from 1936 until his death in 1975.
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