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Last statue of dictator Francisco Franco removed from Spanish soil

February 25, 2021 By 0 Comments

The last public statue of Spain’s former dictator, Francisco Franco, was removed from Spanish soil on Tuesday.

Workers took away the statue, which stood on a street in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, after the local assembly approved its removal Monday, the local Socialist party (PSOE), which is part of the ruling coalition in the regional government, said on Twitter.

The removal was timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of an attempted coup by Franco supporters, a government source told CNN.

There were 14 votes in favor, 10 abstentions and one vote against, from the right-wing Vox party, he said.

The statue was installed in 1978.

The statue was installed in 1978.

“From today Melilla recovers dignity and justice,” said Gloria Rojas, vice-president of Melilla and a member of the Socialist party, according to a PSOE tweet.

The bronze statue was made by sculptor Enrique Novo and erected in 1978, three years after Franco’s death, the government source said.

It commemorated his 1921 defense of Melilla, during the Rif War against the Berber tribes of Morocco’s Rif mountains, according to the

source.

The statue was moved in 2005 but remained in public view until Tuesday, the last statue of Franco standing on Spanish soil, he added.

Source: cnn.com



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