20.4.14

Supporters of a new Republic call for a change in government

El Pais in English
15.04.14

More than 2,000 people turned out on Monday evening for a demonstration in downtown Madrid in support of the abolition of Spain’s constitutional monarchy and the reestablishment of a Republican form of government.
Marching under scores of tricolor flags from the II Republic and Spanish Communist Party flags, supporters said they had a number of reasons why they believe Spain should change its current form of government.
“We are here today because we believe that having the king as a figurehead is useless,” said Miriam Jiménez, 18, an art restoration student.
“We believe that having the king as a figurehead is useless”
“I lived in silence and in fear during the post-war period, with one uncle who had gone missing and my father in jail,” explained 70-year-old Concha Torralba, who was wearing a purple top, one of the colors of the old Republican flag.
“I came here to march in our own true colors and not those of the occupation forces,” she said.
“The economic crisis has now brought on a political crisis,” said Francisco Pérez Esteban, one of the coordinators of the event. “We believe that the only way out is to establish a new Republic.”·
The march was organized by the National Board for the Republic platform.
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15.4.14

The voice of the vanquished

El Pais in English
For the 40 years of its existence, prisoners on death row, orphans, widows, exiles, the starving and the desperate all wrote thousands of letters to La Pirenaica, the radio station that provided the sole voice for those on the losing side of the Civil War. Many of the messages were lost, intercepted or for some other reason never reached the clandestine station, which was founded in Moscow in 1941. But more than 15,500, from around 33 countries, ended up at the Spanish Communist Party’s Historical Archive (AHPCE).
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22.3.14

Helen Graham

Helen Graham's review of 'Franco's Crypt: Spanish and Culture and Memory since 1936' by Jeremy Treglown

The Guardian 21.03.14

"The importance of the mass graves initiative in Spain goes far beyond righting a specific historical wrong, for it offers the constitutional state a means of identifying and naming all its citizens – past and present – as an act of democratic inclusion and a reminder that in democracy no section of a citizenry can be "expendable" in this way, nor should one segment be mobilised against another. As the government withdraws even the minimal public money previously available, the excavations in Spain have now become completely dependent on civic action and volunteer donations. This points to a democratic deficit at the heart of the state, but it also shows there is still a functioning civil society and democratic social fabric, in spite of governmental attempts to erode citizens' rights."

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