“The misunderstanding is solved.” This is how the vice president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Francisco Igea, has settled on Monday the controversy over the refusal of the residents of Villadangos del Páramo (León) to authorize the search for more than 70 people shot during the Franco regime and buried in their graveyard. Last Friday 22 neighbors voted to deny the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory (ARMH) the authorization already granted by the Junta de Castilla y León and pending the construction and environmental licenses of the City Council.
22 residents of a town in León stop the historical memory
Igea has announced that the Technical Committee of the Historical Memory Advisory Council will reauthorize on September 7 the exhumation of the remains of reprisals in the Villadangos cemetery. The agency, dependent on the regional administration, will approve that day the modification of the initial project of the intervention presented by the ARMH (Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory). Igea gives this way for settled the controversy arising from the vote last Friday in a council in which the residents of the town rejected the initiative.
“Once there is authorization, all local entities are obliged to collaborate,” clarified Igea, who in the morning met with representatives of the ARMH in Ponferrada and in the afternoon traveled to Villadangos, where he met with officials from the City Council before to visit the cemetery. “There is no room for consultation or voting at all: the norm does not allow it and it would set a somewhat incomprehensible precedent,” added the vice president and spokesman for the autonomous government, for whom there was “a misunderstanding that needed to be clarified as urgently as possible.” .
The Leonese town of Villadangos del Páramo voted this Friday whether or not to accept the proposal of the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory (ARMH) that, at the request of relatives, is looking for some 70 disappeared from Franco’s repression in the province. The petition did not go ahead with 22 votes against, 12 in favor and 2 abstentions among those who made up the Neighborhood Assembly of the council that night.