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Exhuming Franco and the digging up of the present

Spain’s decision to exhume the body of General Franco threatens to disturb more than his bones

By Stephen Phelan   December 2018

Protesters hold a banner with pictures of missing people during the Spanish dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Photo: PA

On 13th September, Spain’s Congress of Deputies voted to expel the bones of General Francisco Franco from his Catholic-pharaonic tomb at the Valley of the Fallen. Not much longer would the Generalissimo be allowed to repose inside a vast basilica with black marble floors, flanked by chapels dedicated to the patron saints of his army, navy and air force, beneath a simple…

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