This video says about itself:
One man sets out to exhume the ghosts of Spain’s totalitarianism past.
The Part 2 video is here.
Madrid strips Franco of honorary titles
Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:50pm EDT
MADRID – Madrid’s city hall Monday stripped former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco of his title as honorary mayor and adopted son of the capital, 33 years after his death began the transition to democracy.
Councilors of all political colors unanimously voted to remove the titles, as well as medals Madrid conferred on the right-wing general, a spokesman for the council said.
“The capital of Spain is now clean of support for dictators,” left-wing Councilor Milagros Hernandez, was quoted as saying on the website of TV news channel CNN+.
The move is the latest in an effort spearheaded by the Socialist government to remove traces of Franco in street names, statues and other symbols glorifying the dictator who gained power after a three-year civil war which ended in 1939 and ruled until his death in 1975.
The removals started under a law passed in 2007 by the government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, whose grandfather was killed by Franco‘s forces.
The push reverses an unspoken understanding after Franco‘s death that his supporters would relinquish power on condition that future democrats would not rake up the past.
Members of the conservative Popular Party have criticized the socialist law for, as they see it, needlessly dragging up the wounds of the past. However, the PP — which rules the local authority in Madrid — backed the proposal to strip Franco of the city’s honors.
(Reporting by Sarah Morris; editing by Ralph Boulton)
Franco’s face and name erased from public view in Spain: here.
La Despedida: A Lost Memoir of the Spanish Civil War: here.
Monument for Polish Spanish civil war fighter destroyed: here.
Britain: A Tory council is planning to dump part of a display commemorating the Spanish civil war, allegedly to help bury past associations with the labour movement: here.
In the penultimate stop on his final international tour as president, Dwight Eisenhower met the fascist dictator of Spain, Generalissimo Francisco Franco, in Madrid: here.