Tuesday, November 29

Vox asks the Corts Valencianes to protect Francoist vestiges and a monolith to a Nazi soldier that do not even exist

Vox considers it “necessary” to protect up to 26 Francoist and Falangist vestiges, including a monolith to a German soldier of the Condor Legion who died in Betxí (Castelló) in 1938 and a cross to the fallen in the town of Torrent that do not even exist due to having already been withdrawn. The Francoist monuments that were already removed were included in a Catalog of Vestiges of the Civil War and the Dictatorship drawn up by the Generalitat Valenciana and that contained the same errors.

The regional deputy David García Gomis and the spokesperson Ana Vega have registered a non-law proposal for urgent processing that asks the Executive of Pedro Sánchez to withdraw “immediately” the bill on democratic memory. The far-right formation considers that the legislative text is inspired by “premises of absolute falsehood” and represents a “serious attack on reconciliation and harmony between Spaniards.”

The proposal also asks the Generalitat Valenciana to promote the necessary administrative procedures to declare cultural interest assets that could be affected by the “possible approval” of the law. Vox thus intends to “avoid the destruction, removal or elimination” of buildings, constructions, shields, insignia or plaques in public buildings that are “contrary to democratic memory” in order to “preserve the national historical heritage.”

The far-right formation details its priority objectives to protect in terms of Francoist or Falangist vestiges. Thus, the non-law proposition lists the crosses or mausoleums for the fallen in Ademuz, Benifaió, Gavarda, Pobla de Vallbona, Rafelbunyol, Torrent (where the remains no longer exist), Banyeres de Mariola, Benisa, Guardamar del Segura, Hondón de los Frailes, Arañuel, Betxí, the Ribalta de Castelló park (in the process of being withdrawn), Caudiel, Figueroles, Vila-real or Vilavella.

Francoist shields

The list of nostalgic vestiges also includes the “Franco coat of arms of a post office now in disuse in Sueca”, a “stained glass window with a coat of arms [del] eagle of saint john in [el] Bank of Spain in Alicante” as well as other coats of arms of the dictatorship at the entrance of the Hospital de la Magdalena in Castelló. Vox notes, on the other hand, the “Bolimini cave used as a refuge for the population in the Civil War” in Vilafamés. Finally, the non-law proposal aims to protect a monolith to a “German soldier of the Condor Legion who died in 1938 in Betxí”. However, the monolith to the soldier of the Third Reich has already been removed.

The Democratic Memory Law supposes, according to the formation of Santiago Abascal, a “risk for a part of the historical, artistic and cultural heritage of Spain”. Vox frames the protection of Francoist vestiges in the “overcoming of the old ghosts of division between Spaniards” and considers that the Spanish Government intends to exercise “destructive vandalism”.

The patrimonial elements that the ultra formation intends to protect are a “vestige of the long and rich history of Spain”. “All of them are a permanent reminder of the identity of our Nation and link us, the Spaniards of today, with those who preceded us,” the proposal concludes.