Spain’s left-wing government is set to exhume the remains of fascist leader José Antonio Primo de Rivera from a mausoleum created by the Franco dictatorship, part of its drive to eliminate symbols of fascism.
Spain is taking steps to remove symbols of fascism from the country, including the remains of fascist leader José Antonio Primo de Rivera. Primo de Rivera was a pillar of support for the Franco dictatorship and founded the Falange movement. His remains currently lie at a mausoleum created by the former fascist regime outside Madrid.
As part of the left-wing government’s drive to stop the veneration of the fascist civil war victory and the Franco dictatorship, Primo de Rivera’s body will be moved to Madrid’s San Isidro cemetery. The mausoleum site will also be converted into a memorial to honor all victims of the war, not just the fascists.
The move is not without controversy, as far-right activists still cherish the memory of Franco and were angered by the removal of his remains from the Valley of the Fallen in 2019. However, the government is committed to removing symbols of fascism from the country and ensuring that all victims of the war are remembered, not just those who supported the Franco regime.
Primo de Rivera was executed by a Republican firing squad in November 1936 in Alicante. He was the son of dictator Miguel Primo de Rivera, who governed Spain from 1923-1930. His reburial near the graves of several of his family members is expected to take place soon.
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