Sam Jones: Symbolic resolution approved to remove El Caudillo’s remains from mausoleum, but for some it is more than a little late

‘It’s shameful for Franco’s victims’: Spanish MPs vote to exhume dictator | World news | The Guardian – Although the memorial – partly built by captured republicans and political prisoners – is officially meant to commemorate the estimated 500,000 people killed during the conflict, Franco and Primo de Rivera rest in the only two visible tombs. The Socialists also want to see the creation of a truth commission, funding to be stopped to groups promoting or defending Franco, and the introduction of a DNA database to help identify the disappeared.
Thursday’s vote, which has no legal weight, was passed by 198 votes to one after 140 MPs from the ruling conservative People’s party (PP) and the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) party abstained.

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