In the Spanish enclave of Melilla in Africa, the statue of the last general, Francisco Franco, has been removed. Proponents of democracy call it another victory in the fight against the dictator’s legacy.
General Franco was a long-time Spanish dictator who ruled the country from 1939 to 1975.
The decision to dismantle the monument was made by the Melilla authorities. A group of workers dismantled the monument and its foundation with the help of an excavator, drills and other equipment. The Spanish media do not yet announce the future fate of the statue.
Opponents of the demolition of the monument tried unsuccessfully to prove their truth by arguing that General Franco was immortalized not as the ruler of Spain, but as a heroic commander of the army who won an important military victory in 1926 against the Moroccan Berber tribes. Representatives of several right-wing forces and other supporters of the dictator were unable to change the support of the current government and the majority of the population for the removal of the Franco statue.
In September last year, Spain passed a law banning the glorification of dictator Franco and his ideology.
In October 2019, the general’s remains were exhumed and buried in a cemetery from a mausoleum on the outskirts of the capital Madrid.
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