The Government currently coordinates 352 actions to exhume victims of the civil war and Franco

MADRID, Dec. 2 (.) –

The Secretary of State for Democratic Memory, Francisco Martínez, explained this Thursday that the Government is currently coordinating a total of 352 actions to exhume bodies of victims of the civil war and Franco’s dictatorship from mass graves.

This has been assured during his appearance in the Senate Budget Committee to account for the allocation of 11.8 million to develop the policies of democratic memory that his department leads, dependent on the Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Memory Democratic.

Martínez has indicated that, of that amount, 60% will be allocated to the four-year plan of exhumations in mass graves in which, according to his studies, there are between 20,000 and 25,000 corpses of victims of the civil war and the Franco regime.

In his appearance, the Secretary of State has detailed that these 352 exhumation actions are those that are being carried out in coordination with the autonomous communities and municipalities, and that to them must be added those that are being promoted by some autonomous communities on their own.

And to compare, he recalled that in the previous era in which more exhumations were made, during the socialist government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the figure reached 177 actions over six years.


He has also explained that some of the exhumation actions, especially in Andalusia, Castilla-La Mancha and the Valencian Community,
They are not resolved in a year or two but can take up to three or four years, because they are “large graves that have more than 1,000 corpses.”

For these cases, the person in charge of democratic memory has indicated that agreements will be made to grant nominative subsidies, with an endowment in the 2022 Budget of 750,000 euros in total. This is the case, for example, of the subsidy of 275,000 euros to the Córdoba City Council to act in the La Salud and San Rafael cemetery, where according to previous studies the Ministry estimates that there may be between 4,000 or 5,000 corpses.


In addition, before the criticism of the PP spokesperson, Amelia Salanueva, of the Government’s plan in memory of democracy, Martínez has advised her to go “to the foot of the grave” to witness what happens when an exhumation is carried out, because it will change opinion, in his opinion, as other his colleagues in the ranks have done when they have gone.

“Hundreds of bodies come there with a shot in the neck. There are also the widows, 90-year-old ladies, who think that let’s see if we can identify their parents, husbands and brothers. We tell them that it is very difficult, and they tell me: it doesn’t matter. They are all my parents. Go see him, surely you change your mind, “he has summoned.

Martínez has also rejected the accusations of the PP senator about the “revisionism” of the Transition that, in his opinion, the government makes in the future democratic memory law. In this regard, he has once again guaranteed that they will not touch the amnesty law.

“Those who were the only ones who did not vote in favor speak to me about amnesty. They abstained. They have no authority to say so. The amnesty law is not touched, it was a very important advance,” said Martínez.

Finally, he has taken the opportunity to ask the PP to move away from Vox, and has criticized the presence of the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado at a mass on November 20 in which Franco was prayed – on the anniversary of his death–.

“We see Casado attending, they say that by mistake a mass dedicated to the leader of the Franco regime, to a genocide like Franco. Do you think that any European leader of the democratic right is going to attend a mass dedicated to Mussolini or Hitler? He would be totally unauthorized to continue in democratic political life “, he added.

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