MADRID – The Spanish government of socialist prime minister Pedro Sánchez is the remains of dictator and general Francisco Franco (1892-1975). Deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo has Friday announced that a decree has been issued and that the procedure is put in motion.
The remains are situated in a monumental carved out of the rock church, 43 km northwest of Madrid, in a complex that is known to the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen).
Franco ordered to build the church as a monument for all the fallen from the Spanish civil war (1936-1939). There are almost 34,000 killed fighters from the civil war buried among whom are also republican opponents of Franco. The monument is, however, controversial because Franco himself is buried. Moreover, it was a part of the workforce in the years 1941-1959 built a political prisoner.
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