Thursday, December 1

The family of José Antonio Primo de Rivera requests his exhumation from the Valley of the Fallen


The family of José Antonio Primo de Rivera has asked the prior of the Valley of the Fallen and the Community of Madrid to exhume the remains of the founder of the Falange. In a statement, signed by Fernando Primo de Rivera, the family expresses its wish that the politician’s remains be transferred “to a sacred cemetery.”

The statement cites the first clause of Primo de Rivera’s will: “I wish to be buried according to the rite of the Catholic, Apostolic, Roman Religion that I profess on blessed ground and under the protection of the Holy Cross. Sources from the Valley of the Fallen consulted by elDiario.es assure that the family wants all the procedures to be carried out in private.

With the permission of his brothers, 23 years after his death in November 1936, the remains were transferred to the Valley of the Fallen (specifically in 1959) and located in the transept of the basilica, where the dictator Francisco Franco was later buried. Already at that time the decision to transfer was not well received by all sectors of the Falange.

Now, the family’s intention is to prevent the Democratic Memory Law from being applied to the remains of Primo de Rivera.



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