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No More Gold For Franco

Last Monday, the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco was finally stripped of the honours that on February 20th, 1946, had been bestowed on him, here in Mallorca. At that time, the Caudillo de España por la Gracia de Dios had been awarded the Gold Medal of the City of Palma as well as having been proclaimed President of the City Council in perpetuity. Now, 65 years on, the plenary assembly of the Palma City Council nullified those distinctions with the votes of the councillors of the governing PSOE and the so-called Bloc with councillors of the opposition PP party declining to vote neither for nor against. The two councillors of the UM party were absent during the vote as being indisposed. The vote had been put forward to comply with the so-called Ley de Memoria Histórica (law of historical memory). A motion was also passed to have text books in schools amended accordingly.

Good, I should say, and shame on you, Partido Popular.

The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 17th, 2010. The time was 10:32:27.

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  1. In his book ‘Behind the Spanish Mask’ (1943, London: Robert Hale Ltd.) the journalist Lawrence Dundas, who lived in Spain all his life and was a frequent visitor to Mallorca in the 1930s, recounts the terrible events of September-December 1936. During this period the Italian fascist sent by Mussolini, Arconovaldo Bonaccorsi (the self-styled ‘Compte Aldo Rossi’) reorganised the local Falange into death squads (called locally ‘los Matodores del Falange’) who operated at night in the streets of Palma. Carloads of men were rounded up, mainly trades unionists, Republican sympathisers, Freemasons, enemies of the Church, or merely personal enemies of Falange members. They were driven out of Palma and shot. Lawrence Dundas estimates the total to be 2,800 people, plus another 200 who were executed after being arrested and ‘legally’ tried.
    Where is the memorial to these three thousand victims of the Movimiento Nacional? On a recent visit to Mallorca I searched in vain for any memorial or indeed any recognition of these hideous crimes. The refurbished monument in Plaça de Sa Feixina is admirable, but surely not enough.
    Tim Bayliss-Smith, Cambridge, England.

  2. There is a monument to the fallen and small arboretum just outside the gates of the old fort at Illetes. I don´t know if that is the memorial you refer to. It’s close to Bendinat roundabout and easy to find (but also easy to miss!), just turn up the cul de sac behind IES Calvia and it’s there on the left.

    • hi Ann,
      thanks for sharing the information about the Monument for the Fallen in Illetes. I must go and visit.

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