Spain's Socialist Government to Dig Up Francisco Franco's GraveChris Menahan
Sep. 25, 2019
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Spain's socialist government is going to dig up the remains of nationalist leader Francisco Franco against the wishes of his family because Spaniards on the far-right "glorify" him to this day.
Spain's Supreme Court has ruled that the remains of dictator Francisco Franco should be exhumed.
The issue has divided opinion in Spain, which remains haunted by the Franco era. He won the 1930s civil war and went on to rule Spain until 1975.Digging up dead people's graves is peak democracy!
The government argued that the former dictator should not be placed anywhere where he could be glorified.More from TIME:
Franco’s exhumation tends to divide Spaniards along party lines. A 2018 poll for Spanish daily El Mundo found that 62.6% of Socialist voters back the exhumation, compared to just 13.1% of supporters of the main centre-right Popular Party. Lawmakers of rightwing parties abstained from a vote to legalize the exhumation in 2018.The leader of the right-wing Vox party criticized the move:
Anyone want to wager how long it will be until leftoids in America start digging up the graves of our Founding Fathers and throwing them in garbage cans so they can't be "glorified"?
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