Franco dictatorship

40 Years of Amnesia and Memory

Jordi Palou - Loverdos's picture

Last autumn, two anniversaries coincided, revealing many hidden realities. It was the 75th anniversary of the execution of thousands, including the President of the Government of Catalonia Lluís Companys (the only democratically elected president in Western Europe to be executed by Fascism, after having been arrested by the Gestapo and illegally turned over to General Francisco Franco by the French authorities).

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Spanish Government doesn't respect Franco's victims

Josep Cruanyes's picture

76 years ago, in 1939, Franco’s troops occupied Catalonia and carried out a massive requisition of documents of the Catalan Government and Parliament, political parties, trade unions, civil society organisations and citizens. The goal was to obtain information about people’s names and ideologies in order to carry out the large-scale political repression that followed. It was an operation oriented and inspired by the Nazi regime’s policies.

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Pending transitions

Ignasi Centelles's picture

Even if the Spanish transition to democracy has been considered a successful example of a peaceful and consensual road towards a democratic regime for a long time, its actual development is somehow proof that there is still a lot of work to be done. In Madrid in 1975, the elites in power agreed to make the necessary steps forward towards democratisation after the dictator’s death. The process was conditioned to a high degree of tolerance towards fascist institutions, administration structure, the State and amnesty for those ruling Franco’s regime.

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