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(en) alas barricadas: [Valladolid] Homage to "the victims of both sides" of the civil war?: -- Under the political circus, the bone structure of dignity (ca) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 4 Aug 2018 08:57:48 +0300

The Association for the Recovery of the Historical Memory of Valladolidit is an entity subsidized by the "progressive" city council of said city to carry out erratic works of dignification of those buried in the mass graves of the cemetery of Carmen - where many dead victims of Franco's repression were buried. In one of his last meetings with his sponsor, this association has come to propose the elevation of a memorial "to all the Valladolid who died in the civil war, without distinction of side ...". A proposal that has been denounced as an attempt to put at the same level armed insurgents and their victims, and basically as an attempt to spread a smokescreen over the real reasons for the war and the systematic fascist repression. CNT Valladolid has made its own complaint through the communication attached below.

Under the political circus, the bone structure of dignity.

From CNT Valladolid we are witnessing with stupefaction all that happens in the mass graves found in the cemetery of Carmen, where the bodies of many of the people who suffered the Franco repression in our province are found.

We have previously denounced - along with other organizations - the process subsidized by the City Council of Valladolid, since we did not see clearly that it had a concrete purpose in the search for truth, justice and reparation for the victims of the Franco regime.

The more recent reports from the last meetings of the ARMH with the City Council of Valladolid, like the one of " requesting to the consistory a second memorial dedicated to all the Valladolid people who fought and died in the civil war, whatever their bando ", announced to the media and specifically in El Norte de Castilla on July 18.

It should not be forgotten that one of the reasons for rescuing the bodies found in the Carmen cemetery would be to identify them and hand them over to families who request it . This would avoid mixing victims of repression with people who, due to their social condition, also ended up in those common graves. Apparently only one victim, Lina Neira Francés, has been identified in this process .

Instead, we witness a confrontation between two sectarian perceptions of the dignity of these places , which do not have enough support to speak or act on behalf of all the victims or of the organizations that are part of the memory.

1. On the one hand the ARMH of Valladolid, which has created a kind of political footbridge where every so often the politicians of our city who say they are on the left parade to get a photo and make a partisan use of the victims, without the approval of families and without making sense of a continuous move the bodies of our companions from one side to another.

The last projects of this association appear as a laundering of fascism, putting in the same place unarmed civilian victims with people who lost their lives on the battle front. We want to make it clear that war was not waged neither by Spain, nor by God, nor by justice, but to maintain the privileges and interests of a social class threatened by the new world that was being created from the working masses .

The Francoist repression in our province is not an isolated event, but calculated , whose goal was to end in a macabre way with any opposition to the new dictatorial state. We find it detestable that the ARMH of Valladolid hide this with arguments such as those used by the fascists to protect the coup d'état and the murder of thousands of innocents.

2. On the other hand, there is the party that believes itself to be less institutionalized and believes that it has moral reasons to write an idealized story about the Republic , far from the truth and that it also has clear political interests. Our organization was outlawed under that Republic, which murdered, persecuted and imprisoned comrades and companions. The events of Asturias in 1934 or Casas Viejas are in the retina of the working class.

From CNT we want to say to both that those bodies that are being manipulated have names and surnames, they have family and, of course, they had some ideas (which they try to hide in an insulting way) that, in many cases, were on the sidelines of the biased reading of that black stage of history.

It is unacceptable that, knowing that there are murdered people who fought in life for the ideas of emancipation that spring from the initials of the CNT and that were the cause of persecution and the reason for their murder, they have not had the minimum decency to ask this union or to the families their opinion about the works with which they are said to remember them .

For them from CNT we demand from the most absolute legitimacy:

- Information about the works that are being carried out in the cemetery of Carmen and of which we have not done so far.

- We demand that families and the organizations in which these people carry out their political activity be counted on to complete the process of dignifying those places and the people who lie there.

- That all means of identification (including free DNA tests) be used to deliver the remains to families who request them and to bury their loved ones in the way they think is most convenient.

- Return of the historical trade union assets plundered to CNT in our province.

- The end of the exaltation of Francoism in all the symbols of our city and province (something still pending). Also, of course, in the street, which was one of the means of propaganda used by the dictatorship to subdue the people to their postulates.

- We demanded a forum with all the parties involved (families, town halls and historical organizations) to carry out acts of reparation in Valladolid and in the rest of the province around the ideas of freedom and social justice that these people defended. Valladolid society has the moral duty to end, once and for all, with this situation out of all normality.

Experience tells us that this type of act -very contrary to what is sold from the most rancid right- ends frictions between families and serves to at least restore the historical place that these people had in the development of a society free, criminalized by 40 years of dictatorship and forgotten by 40 years of parliamentary monarchy .

CNT Valladolid, July 30, 2018

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