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article imageSpain's PSOE wants Francisco Franco's remains dug up and moved

By Anne Sewell     Oct 31, 2013 in World
Madrid - Spain's main opposition party, the Socialist PSOE announced on Tuesday that it wants a congressional debate on the exhumation of dictator Francisco Franco and Falange founder José Antonio Primo de Rivera, both entombed at the "Valley of the Fallen."
PSOE deputy Odón Elorza filed the measure, saying that having both men should be removed from the "Valley of the Fallen" (Valle de los Caídos in Spanish), claiming that "the perpetrator of a totalitarian regime" should not be kept in a basilica.
Elorza says that the PSOE also wants lawmakers to approve turning the site, located outside of Madrid, into a place of reconciliation in memory of all the victims of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), rather than a place of public exaltation to the remains of a fascist.
The measure also points out that the construction of the "Valley of the Fallen," started in 1940 and taking 19 years to complete, used Republican political prisoners as slave labor.
Also, not only Franco and Primo de Rivera are entombed there, as there is a total of 33,847 people buried at the site, 12,000 of whom have never been identified, all victims of the Spanish Civil War.
However, many Spaniards view the "Valley of the Fallen" more as the site of Franco’s tomb rather than a neutral place of mourning for the approximately 500,000 people believed to have died during the Spanish Civil War.
Spanish dictator Francisco Franco ruled Spain with an iron fist after the Spanish civil war from 1939 until his death in 1975.
Abadía del Valle de los Caídos / Valley of the fallen Abbey (Madrid  Spain)
Abadía del Valle de los Caídos / Valley of the fallen Abbey (Madrid, Spain)
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The document suggests that Franco's remains be turned over to his family while Primo de Rivera should be buried elsewhere.
On the subject of Franco and the PSOE, the dictator banned the political party in 1939, and it was only legalized again in 1977.
So far there has been no comment or action from the current ruling Partido Popular (PP) government on the recommendation.
Frontal view of the Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen) and Santa Cruz basílica. El Escoria...
Frontal view of the Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen) and Santa Cruz basílica. El Escorial, Madrid, Spain.
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