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El País - Spain | 30/08/2006

Luis Yanez-Barnuevo on commemoration and mourning in Spain

The Spanish socialist and European deputy Luis Yanez-Barnuevo defends the commemoration carried out by the relatives of the victims of Franco's repression. "Some people, not necessarily with bad intentions, are opposed to the revival of the memory of the victims of Franco's regime. They fear that stirring up the past will add to the division once again of contemporary Spanish society. However, as in Germany and in France, the past catches up with one and makes one pay for one's mistakes if one doesn't deal with them in the right manner. In addition, when the issue is a good cause, which is obviously the case here, its defence is a moral imperative. Tens of thousands of families were not able to grieve their dead at the time. Has the time not come, 70 years on, for them to finally do so ? If not, when?"

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