Spain Drafts Bill Against Remaining Legacy of Franco Era


The Spanish Cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft bill containing a raft of measures that address the legacy of the civil war (1936-39) and the Francisco Franco regime, which lasted until the dictator’s death in 1975.

The Democratic Memory bill, which builds on existing historical memory legislation, contemplates closing down associations that still glorify the late dictator’s memory, including the Francisco Franco Foundation, which will be declared illegal.

Among the bill’s numerous measures, it will extend eligibility for Spanish citizenship to descendants of the International Brigades, who had fought on the republican side, for the first time. Additionally, it makes provisions for the creation of a special prosecutor’s office for democratic memory and human rights and will significantly alter the way Francoism will be taught in primary and secondary schools.

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El Pais