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The Killing Fields

A commemorative act was celebrated last Saturday in Porreres in honour of victims of the Spanish Civil War. The scene of the homage was the so-called Racó de la Memòria, the very scene of the killings, behind the Oratori de Santa Creu, a small church on the outskirts of the pueblo, dating from the 18th century. Documents show that in 1938, during the Spanish Guerra Civil (Civil War), some 120 Spaniards, including 32 from Porreres, were killed by fusillade behind this very oratory. One can still see bullet holes in the outside wall and in the wooden door, assumedly dating from the atrocities.

When I took the photo (above), a man in his Seventies or Eighties approached me and explained that, when he was a boy he had witnessed the scene the morning after the killings. He assured me that the ground was soaked with blood, presenting an image that would haunt him all his life.

The photo (top) was taken in Porreres, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 16th, 2011. The time was 14:13:12. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of diariodemallorca.es and the photographer, Simó Tortella.

Muchas gracias, and

moltes gràcies.

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