MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s socialist government has claimed ownership of Francisco Franco’s summer palace in Galicia in its latest clash with the former dictator’s descendents, who have challenged a plan to exhume his remains from a state mausoleum outside Madrid.
The decision to move Franco from his tomb in the “Valley of the Fallen”, which is carved into a mountainside to the north of the capital and seen by many Spaniards as a monument to fascism, was suspended by Spain’s Supreme Court in June pending appeals by his family.
Opinion - Spanish - Civil - War - Families
Public opinion is still divided over the 1936 to 1939 Spanish Civil War, which tore apart families and communities, and the legacy of the ensuing far right-wing dictatorship that ended with Franco’s death in 1975.
More than half a million people died during the civil war and an estimated 150,000 were killed by Franco’s regime, while 450,000 were forced to leave Spain, historians estimate.
Spain - Justice - Ministry - Statement - Thursday
Spain’s Justice Ministry said in a statement on Thursday it had presented a claim to a local...
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