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(en) [Spain] Manifesto for the disappearance of the Valley of the Fallen - March 20, 2019, By ANA (ca, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 31 Dec 2018 07:41:24 +0200

The ignominy of the Valley of the Fallen must disappear ---- The CNT calls on all trade union, social and political organizations to participate in a march to the Valley of the Fallen on Saturday, April 20, 2019. ---- In 2019 they complete 60 years of its construction. A monument that is a place of fascist pilgrimage and cult to the Francoist side. ---- The Valley of the Fallen was built between 1940 and 1958 during the Franco regime as a tribute to those killed in the Franco war and exaltation to the Regime. A monument that was built by anti-Franco prisoners. In it are buried 33,833 bodies of both sides, although we know that the official cipher is small. ---- José Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Falange, a fascist organization responsible for systematic repression against people belonging to trade union organizations, left-wing parties and their families, an expanded repression of the rebel troops and their collaborators , civil and ecclesiastical. And Francisco Franco, military coup, supreme leader of the uprising and dictator during four eternal decades.

It is inconceivable that in a country that calls itself democratic, it is still allowed to worship those who have wiped out the rights and freedoms achieved by years of struggle.

Even more inconceivable is that it is negotiating with the dictator's family to transfer his remains to the convenience of this family that has amassed his fortune thanks to the spoils and robbery during more than 40 years of dictatorship and that continues enjoying benefits and privileges unimaginable in a civilized place We propose the solution taken by Germany in the case of other recognized fascists, throw their ashes somewhere unknown.

And the Church, a necessary collaborator, according to the UN, in the extermination carried out by the Regime, makes clear who it is, with its invitation to serve as burial place of the dictator in the Cathedral of the Almudena. It was to be expected.

The Valley of the Fallen represents the ignominy for people who died fighting against fascism or were murdered during the war and dictatorship. A war that had terrible consequences for the civilian population. More than 500,000 deaths between civilian victims and combatants, 450,000 people forced into exile, and thousands of them were deported to concentration camps and extermination camps under Nazi Germany, hundreds of thousands of repressed during Franco's , Now the world's second-largest force for forced disappearances), women were shaved and raped, thousands of babies stolen from their mothers, a practice that continued in the period of democracy, and so many other forms of humiliation and destruction of the vanquished.

All these victims, women, men, girls and boys, have names and surnames and deserve to be remembered. Their families deserve to be listened to and have a decent place to cry to their families. And their executioners must be judged and condemned to the place of history they deserve and out of a place where their memory and their crimes are exalted.

For all this, the National Confederation of Labor demands:

- The withdrawal of the bodies of José Antonio Primo de Rivera and Francisco Franco Bahamonde.

- The expulsion, with previous audit of accounts and assets, of the Benedictine monks. And let the state stop financing them, there and elsewhere.

- The transformation of the Valley into a place of memory and memory of the victims of Francoism, where all Franco symbology disappears, and above all, the cross.

- Recover the true term by which this natural environment is known, "Cuelgamuros".

- A public condemnation and with consequences on the part of the Spanish State and all the institutions and organizations that are part of the same, the coup d'etat of 1936 and the pro-Franco regime.

- The surrender to the State, and to the people in general, of the documentation about the people buried in the Valley, currently in the possession of the abbot of the monastery, who treats it as personal and ideological.

- That the remains of the victims are exhumed, even after their death, were treated as defeated and buried with their executioner.

- That the exhumation be made by carrying out DNA tests for the later judicialization of the murders.

- The derogation from the amnesty law of 1977.

- That this process be accompanied by UN experts on genocide and enforced disappearances.

After more than forty years of pretended democracy and political neglect, historical memory laws made to order, and honors to allowed and often encouraged franquists from state institutions, it is time to work all the organizations together in order to convert the mausoleum Franco in a place of memory of all the victims of the Francoist genocide.

The battle of memory against oblivion is fundamental among all who are leading in favor of rights and freedoms. It is up to us whether the Franco regime wins or loses this battle. Our family members, and for the CNT all the comrades and companions who are killed and reprisal are, as we defend before the UN, deserve and must be remembered. To rehabilitate our past is also to dignify its struggle and ours.

Let us be worthy heirs of your ideas and demands, let us shout loud and clear: for as long as 80 years have passed since the end of the war, fascism will not pass! We will pass!

Memory, Dignity and Struggle!

Permanent Secretariat of the Confederal Committee

Source: http://cnt.es/noticias/manifesto-for-the-desaparici%C3%B3n-del-valle-de-los-ca%C3%ADdos-marcha-20-de-abril-de-2019

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