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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]
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
- 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 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
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