This Sunday’s has been the first memorial gathering in front of the Macarena Basilica that has been experienced in a festive atmosphere. But, within the celebration, in the atmosphere were still the thousands of disappeared and historically repressed by the Franco regime, and the request that the Gambogaz farmhouse, in Camas, return to the hands of the people.
The brotherhood of La Macarena exhumes the mortal remains of coup leader General Queipo de Llano and Bohórquez Vecina
A double request that does not hide the joy of the conveners and participants for having achieved an important objective: that the general is no longer in a place of worship, but “much remains to be done”, as Paqui Maqueda, the member of the collective of historical memory that this week went viral by shouting the names of the murdered and disappeared while the remains of the general were being carried out at dawn in Seville on their way to the Alcalá de Guadaíra crematorium.
Thus, having achieved the first objective “is a cause for celebration, due to the great step that the memorial movement has taken in the city”, for which “an act of remembrance of homage to the victims, who have always been the victims, has been organized”. protagonists”.
Maqueda maintains that “the Historical Memory Law is a valid instrument for all the objectives we want to achieve”, but there is still a lot of work to “breathe fresh air” after eliminating all the fascist denominations in the city and opening the still closed mass graves, “so that the victims have the place that they have always been denied, which is a place of dignity.”
A “gifted” farmhouse
The request that Gambogaz and its almost 600 hectares return to the hands of the people of Camas is not new, but that the Law has achieved something unthinkable years ago, such as exhuming Queipo de Llano, opens a new door to the requests of the platform created to that effect.
The farmhouse has been owned by the general’s family since 1937. No one knows for sure what happened that year so that one of the most important economic assets in the province was “given away” to him.
It has been speculated over the years that it was a gift from the Seville City Council for his work in the repression, or that he paid 1.3 million pesetas for it, something that has his analysis, taking into account that his salary as a general did not reach 2,500 a month. Another formula was to disguise the popular subscription purchase to make it look like a gift from the neighbors to the military.
Be that as it may, the farmhouse remains in the hands of the documented person responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, after being inherited upon his death by his children and later by his grandchildren, and it was the place to which he retired as an old man until he died at 76 years old on March 9, 1951.
Today it is abandoned in many of its points, and the platform that bears its name tries to clarify “the many irregularities that were committed and that were done through a notary”, as one of its components, Lourdes Farratell, explains.
Farratell carries in his arms the portrait of his grandfather, Joaquín Farratell, a journalist who disappeared on August 29, 1936. Queipo de Llano, not content with this, opened a long list of years of reprisals against his family. Today, “wherever he is, he will be happy to see what we have achieved”, because “that he has left is a triumph for justice and reparation for the victims”.
This Sunday’s appointment has developed calmly. Although it was at 12:00, the time when the Rosary was prayed in the Basilica, one and the other carried out their Sunday without bothering each other. There have only been some verbal confrontations that have not gone further. At the gates of the temple, a street vendor selling bracelets with the face of La Macarena for one euro called the demonstrators “old” and “looking for the dead”. A woman stared at him coldly, and he noted that the comment hadn’t been too lucky. Her next sentence was already different: “Franco was indeed a murderer.”
Inside, the layman who directed the Rosary went through its different stages, and prayed for all the deceased, without quoting anyone. There were even extra chairs to follow the Rosary on Sunday at 12:00 this Sunday.
At the back of the Basilica, a 40-year-old woman stopped in front of the place where the general and his wife were until a few days ago, to say to the ten-year-old boy who was next to her: “Look, here I was. And luckily, it’s gone.”