Tuesday, November 29

A protest demands that the Casa Cornide in A Coruña, in the hands of the Franco, be returned to public heritage

The Common Defense entity has organized this Saturday the III Civic March to demand that the Casa Cornide, currently owned by the heirs of the dictator Francisco Franco, follow in the footsteps of the Pazo de Meirás and be incorporated into the public heritage. The protest, supported by more than a hundred political, trade union and memorial organizations, toured the streets of A Coruña under the slogan ‘Return everything stolen, after the Pazo de Meirás, recovery for the people of the Casa Cornide’.

La Casa Cornide: the mansion in the old city of A Coruña turned into a bargain for the Franco

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The demonstration has had a marked vindictive character, but also playful. At the head were the actors Fernando Morán and Isabel Risco, characterized as the dictator Francisco Franco and his wife, Carmen Polo, reports Europa Press. The promoters maintain that the Pazo de Meirás and the Casa Cornide “are two sides of the same looting” and recall that the plenary session of the Municipal Corporation has approved several motions for the recovery of this property for the people of A Coruña, but it has not yet been started the judicial process.

“As the motion approved on October 1, 2020 said: Francoist meanings that promoted and actively participated in these two pillages -Alfonso Molina Brandao, Pedro Barrié de la Maza and Sergio Peñamaría de Llano- still preserve in A Coruña streets, portraits in buildings badges and all kinds of distinctions, which cannot be accepted in a democratic society”, criticized the Common Defense.

The acquisition of the Casa Cornide, they denounce, was “an authentic State operation that was organized for several years.” “It could not appear as the transmission of public property to a private person like Carmen Polo, Franco’s wife, and that is why the solution was to call a previously rigged bid,” they point out.

The building, a mansion located in the old part of the city, was bought in 1948 by the General Directorate of Fine Arts (Ministry of Education). With Alfonso Molina as mayor, it became municipal property, through a file initiated in 1958 and formalized in June 1962 through a swap with the Ministry of National Education, which received in exchange a municipal plot in San Roque.

A few days after said exchange, Sergio Peñamaría, who had succeeded Alfonso Molina as mayor in 1959, processed the sale and an auction, which was won by Barrié de la Maza. He paid 305,000 pesetas for the property. Three days later he sold it to Carmen Polo for much less: 25,000 pesetas.


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