Monday, September 20

The Junta de Castilla y León goes to Villadangos to enforce the Historical Memory Law

The vice president of the Junta de Castilla y León and advisor responsible for Historical Memory, Francisco Igea, goes to Villadangos del Páramo (León) this Monday, after his Neighborhood Council rejected the exhumation of 70 murder victims of Franco’s repression that They are buried in a common grave located in the cemetery – owned by the Neighborhood Council. Igea will meet at City Hall with public officials this Monday afternoon to ensure compliance with the law. “Laws are not voted on and it is a matter of elemental humanity,” he pointed out in statements to The country.

Last Friday, a score of residents of Villadangos del Páramo opposed allowing the exhumation that the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory (ARMH) had planned. The association has announced that it will file a complaint with the Junta de Castilla y León and study the possibility of denouncing the City Council for administrative prevarication, as well as with the Prosecutor’s Office for non-compliance with the Historical Memory Law.

At the neighborhood meeting, the deputy mayor, Alberto González (PP), assured that he had contacted the Secretary of State for Historical Memory -Fernando Martínez- and affirmed that he had referred him to “other alternatives with more guarantees”, such as waiting for the Democratic Memory Law to be approved. The Government denies it “radically”. “At no time has he spoken to him [el teniente de alcalde]Nor has he been in contact by phone, “indicate sources from the State Secretariat for Democratic Memory.

The memorial association estimates that there are remains of some 70 people who were buried in the Villadangos cemetery after entering the San Marcos concentration camp – today a parador – and shot in the vicinity of the N-120 highway. The parish priest and several neighbors collected the bodies, transferred them and buried them in the cemetery. The people wrote a death certificate for each of the victims, although they did not know their names, detailing all the possible traits that could identify them, including the personal items they were carrying at the time of the murder.

This Monday afternoon, Francisco Igea will hold a meeting at the Villadangos del Páramo Town Hall to address the exhumation of the 70 reprisals. This weekend he was already restrictive. “In a democratic country the laws are applied. Neither in a referendum in Catalonia, nor one in Villadangos can prevent their application. The laws are approved and discussed in parliament,” he settled on Twitter.

In addition, Igea charged against the Vox parliamentary group in Castilla y León and its argument of the subsidies. “Them [las asociaciones memorialistas] They receive 130,000 euros this year to heal wounds and to bury their relatives. You all [Vox] you receive 16 million to foment hatred, “he reproached.

Igea was in favor of this exhumation last Thursday after the Governing Council. “To exhume victims of the Franco regime does not have to vote, it is their right,” he commented before the controversy broke out. At that time, in fact, Igea he was surprised when a journalist asked him about the matter. “I do not quite understand the … It is that this is protected by law. One of the things that the Junta de Castilla y León does is help, finance, all searches for victims buried in mass graves and gutters,” said the Thursday.

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