Wednesday, January 19

Mislata, the municipality that has a dozen streets dedicated to characters from Carlism and National-Catholicism

More than a dozen names linked to Carlism, traditionalism and national-Catholicism, of which some were considered “martyrs” of the “red terror” according to the General Cause carried out by the Franco dictatorship after the Civil War, survive today in the nomenclature of the streets of the Valencian town of Mislata.

These are specifically the streets of Víctor Pradera, Obispo Irurita, Vázquez de Mella, José Selva Mergelina (Marqués de Villores), Manuel Simó, Antonio Aparisi y Guijarro, Antonio Molle, Tomás Sanz Juan and María Rafols, of which Compromís has made a documentary investigation, and others that are pointed out such as Marcos Porta, Esteve and Felipe Bellver, of which there are indications but no documentation.

But this is the list that Compromís has drawn up, which has denounced this situation of the local street gazette, pointing out especially as responsible the socialist governments, the current one and the previous ones (the PSPV has governed throughout the democracy except for the period 2001-11 that did the PP). The Valencian coalition affirms that the different local governments have not wanted to deepen their knowledge of the origin of these names and that they have looked the other way, which has allowed the survival of names linked to both Carlism and traditionalism, as well as nationalism- Catholicism and, thus, Francoism.

The coalition points out that this phenomenon -which leads them to assure that it is the Spanish town with the most Carlist names in its streets- is due to the fact that after the Civil War, during the 1940s, the group of Traditionalist Spanish Falange and the JONS de Mislata “was closely identified with the national-Catholic-traditionalist current (the sector that came from Carlism) and not so much with the Falangists.” Due to this, at that time, new streets were named and many others were renamed with their ideological references.

Apart from these more unknown names, others more widespread throughout Spain were also granted such as Generalísmo Franco, Mola, Sanjurjo, Calvo-Sotelo, Millán Astray, José Antonio Primo de Rivera, 18 de Julio etc., which were soon withdrawn during the early years of democracy. However, they warn that “in Mislata the traditionalist sector paid tribute to their co-religionists in many of the streets that still bear those names, today totally forgotten and irrelevant to the citizens of Mislata.”

In the same way, the training criticizes that the Technical Coordination Commission attached to the Department of Democratic Quality that has prepared the Catalog of Vestiges of the Civil War and the Dictatorship. The criticisms correspond to the fact that it only proposes to withdraw the names proposed by the Technical Commission of Mislata, which are those of Víctor Pradera, Antonio Molle and Obispo Irurita, all of them considered “martyrs” by the Franco regime.

“No Francoist name in public space”

The municipal government, with an absolute majority of the PSPV-PSOE, for its part, responds to the criticisms stating that “in Mislata there is no symbol or monument that refers to the Franco regime in public spaces or buildings owned by the municipal government and the law”.

To this end, the team of Mayor Carlos Fernández Bielsa affirms that work has been carried out to purge the names of the street map in order to comply with the Democratic Memory Law, and that for this purpose a Technical Commission for Historical Memory “was formed, consisting of two career officials of Group A of the City Council and a historian of recognized prestige “, the latter precisely questioned by Compromís. This study was sent to the General Directorate of Democratic Quality on August 2, 2019 for the Generalitat’s own technicians to rule, concluding with the exclusion of the three names mentioned above.

The local government explains that after the resolution of the General Directorate, the City Council “is in the process of enforcing the law and the request of the Technical Commission itself and, after opening files, in the next Municipal Plenary sessions the change of name of said streets will be approved “.

The local government indicates that “the Compromís per Mislata group, like the rest of the groups of the corporation, has been informed of all the resolutions in the corresponding informative commissions, and has received all the information and documentation that it has required.”

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