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International Condemnation of Fascist Spain

In Granada, Gypsies, Spain on March 20, 2006 at 10:40 pm

Spain is a unique place for many reasons, not all of them good. Among all the countries who have had brutal internecine conflicts, as well as those who were ruled by fascists, Spain seems to be alone in not having done anything to address its history. Once when I mentioned Communists in Granada’s Gypsy quarter I was shushed my a friend. “Everyone around here is Socialist,” he said, to my befuddlement.

Simply put, in Spain, no one talks about the Civil War. Or so I understand and that was my experience.

Now, the European Council, according to Backseat Drivers, has “unanimously approved a proposal for an international condemnation of the ‘multiple and serious human rights violations perpetrated by Franco’s regime between 1939 and 1975’.” Hopefully, the lumbering, hair-splitting bureaucracy of pan-European government won’t utterly shitcan this move. (With apologies to V.)

The full text of the proposal, entitled, “Need for international condemnation of the Franco regime,” is available for download at the website of the Parlimentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

According to BSD:

The report also highlights the work carried out by ‘Asociación para la Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica’, a Spanish NGO devoted to unveiling the abuses of Franco’s regime (more here). This international condemnation supposes a moral triumph for the association, which has independently financed and manned the unearthing of mass graves, identification and reburial of the executed, as well as a laborious process of documentation of Francoist crimes long overdue in Spain.

The prison culture of Franco Spain inspired “…And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers” by expatriate Spanish playwright Fernando Arrabal. Worth reading despite the horrendously pretentious ’60s stage business in it.

The Falange squealed constantly about “saving Spain” from the “decadence”and “brutality” of the “Reds.” Perhaps black brutality and perversion was different from red in some way my eyes can’t distinguish. For forty years Spain’s culture was the death culture, death, torture and prisons.

I’m rarely more fond of one group that silences dissent over another. They all have the unfocused eyes and slavering chops of the imbecile, the true believer. But the Repubic, had it been allowed to grow, could hardly have done worse than that cruel child in a soldier costume, Franco.

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I would like to read more about the role of the United States and the United Kingdom in the perpetuation of Franco’s regime. Was it as enthusiastic and direct as the support given to the Junta in Greece?

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Update, March 21: An association of Welsh veterans of the International Brigades is looking for about $1,000 to place a plaque in the Big Pit Mining Museum in Blaenavon. The plaque is to commemorate the Welsh miners and trade unionists who died in Spain. If you can find a thousand bucks for a worthy cause like this, check out the Homage to the Welsh International Brigaders page. The unveiling is scheduled on July 16.
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  1. Hi Curt!!

    Great Post.

    Well the thing is more comlicated than that. As you know we dind´t have a revolution. There was a ‘transitio’ marked by this idea of national reconciliation (an idea put forward mainly by the Communist Party).

    Imnmediately after the consolidatioo f democracy there was a profuddion of literature about the Civil War. But you are true there was no Estate condemnation of the Franco’s Dictatorship. They did not want ti stir animosities between the military (mainly francoist).

    Since then, there are things that has been done, including an homage to the republicans soldiers headed by the King himself and other thing to compensate financially and moraly the republicans.

    Histry texts in schools were modified consequently too.

    But sisnce recently a ‘revisionist’ mouvement headed by so-called historians has sprung almost claiming thata that Franco dictatorship was almost inevitable because the violence commited by left-wing forces (you can see this type of revisionist texts in the outlet Libertad Digital (http://www.libertaddigital.com/),. This and the Roman Cattholic Church-run radios and media are strong and even ferocious supporters of these thesis and Mr. Aznar- you know the one who backed Bush and the Iraqi and who made his party loose the elections for that and for lying about the Madrid terrorist attack by saying it was ETA who commited. Mr Aznar himself in his youth was a strong francoist nationalist and some of his family memebers were high ranking officials in the Franco administration.

    At end of the day, what they want to discredit the left in general and forever.

    So this condemnation is more than welcomed and comes in a very timely moment. I think will help to restaure the truth and the memory, apart from stoping this infamous revisionist campaign.

  2. ++ I´ve made my humble remarks to the post concerning recent spanish history preceed by **.

    Once when I mentioned Communists in Granada’s Gypsy quarter I was shushed my a friend. “Everyone around here is Socialist,” he said, to my befuddlement.

    ** Yes, you have to be careful no to be considered a non-socialist in Spain !!

    Simply put, in Spain, no one talks about the Civil War. Or so I understand and that was my experience.

    ** Yes, the socialists do a lot. Them, who tried to destroy the II Republic 🙂 and finally succeeded eliminating nonsocialist republicans (and putting aside a lot of socialists).

    For forty years Spain’s culture was the death culture, death, torture and prisons.

    ** Unfortunately we couldn’t enjoy the death culture, death, torture and prisons of the late Republic during those forty years.

    But the Repubic, had it been allowed to grow, could hardly have done worse than that cruel child in a soldier costume, Franco.

    ** As we say in Spain: “ojalá!”. But the last republican goverments didn’t do their best. As for me, a bullet is a bullet (red or black).

    Update, March 21: An association of Welsh veterans of the International Brigades is looking for about $1,000 to place a plaque in the Big Pit Mining Museum in Blaenavon. The plaque is to commemorate the Welsh miners and trade unionists who died in Spain. If you can find a thousand bucks for a worthy cause like this, check out the Homage to the Welsh International Brigaders page. The unveiling is scheduled on July 16.

    ** Read George Orwell, who almost was shot by communists (and he was a well knwon socialist). Anyway, is a good idea to remember those men and woman who came to Spain to defend democracy.

    Mr Aznar himself in his youth was a strong francoist nationalist and some of his family memebers were high ranking officials in the Franco administration.

    ** Obviously, as many socialists enjoying (yes, enjoying with a pocket full of franquist “pesetas” from a franquist daddy) the “exile” in other european countries (poor chaps)…
    ** I can talk you abut many socialists who teached us in “those days” about the virtues of Franco’s “régimen”) in the classrom (Subject FEN, sort of politics) and their, like ST. Paul fell from the horse one fine day -Franco yet died, of course-)

    ** Finally: May have Franco have never existed and may the “leftyes” had never destroyed the II Republic against the good will of so many left and right republicans.

    At end of the day, what they want to discredit the left in general and forever.

    ** Oh, yes!. The “left” doesn’t need the conservatives for that purpose (GAL, Expo 92, political arrests, many millions to supporters of their “regime”, self-considerred artists, …)

    ** Greetings, and don´t get much angry (i am not, certainly) because it’s too hot here in Spain. I have a couple of friends who are socialist and we talk often without problems (that’s Democracy. It’s a pity too many people can’t understand that).

  3. Well the “non-socialist” in question was a Communist.

    A problem with all European leftists (or whatever they currently are – the megaparty in charge all around Western Europe, social democrats, the ruling parties) is that they have ceded so much ground on issues that we might call “politically correct” that the hard right has coopted them.

    I took pains not to lionize the left. There were plenty of problems with the Republic and with socialists. But the Toy Solider and His Acolytes won the day. So there’s not much for a ‘non-socialist’ to complain about, is there?

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