Spanish draft law banning glorification of Franco dictatorship moves forward
Madrid, Jul 20 (EFE).- Spain’s Socialist government has put forward a bill that will prohibit the glorification of the 1936 military uprising that overthrew the Second Spanish Republic and kickstarted the Civil War and Francisco Franco’s decades-long dictatorship.
The approved draft law for Democratic Memory, which will now move on to Parliament, sets out to protect the victims of the 1939-1975 Franco dictatorship, thousands of which are still unaccounted for.
The proposal was approved by the coalition government led by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, from the Socialist Party (PSOE), alongside junior left-wing partner Unidas Podemos.
The project aims to penalize actions intending to humiliate victims or glorify the 1936 coup d’état, the Civil War and the Franco regime.
Offenders could be fined up to 150,000 euros ($176,600).
If approved in Parliament, the proposal will also task the state with funding and. logistics for mass grave exhumations, a burden currently assumed by civil society organisations. EFE