Urkullu will punish "praise the Franco regime" with € 10,000, but not the tributes to ETA

The draft law with which the Basque Government of the PNV and the Socialist Party of Euskadi will fine up to 10,000 euros the exaltation of the Franco dictatorship It has generated various reactions both in the opposition parties and in groups in the autonomous community.

Most of them look at the inconsistencies of the bipartisan when it comes to treating some crimes and not others. They wonder, in particular, why the homages to ETA members that are celebrated repeatedly in various parts of the region are not pursued in the same way. Something that victims have been asking for for years.

These fines are included in the last articles of the Historical Memory Law that the Basque Parliament will approve from September, with the start of the new political course. Popular Party sources assure EL ESPAÑOL that the government of Íñigo Urkullu forgets, once again, the victims of the terrorist group ETA.

The draft does not like in the environment of the Basque constitutionalists, and they perceive it as a “Unnecessary imposition of Bildu and Podemos“, which does not condemn the tributes to historical ETA.” We will analyze it “, assure the sources consulted, which warn at the same time an” obsession with Francoism “, extinguished more than 40 years ago, and the same” forgetfulness of ETA and its regime of terror “, many more recent in time.

Same rigor and zeal

Also the victims of ETA have come to the step of the legislative project of the Executive led by Urkullu to remember that, once again, the Basque Government forgets to penalize the Welcome, the term in Basque with which the receptions for terrorists in their native municipalities are known, many of which left fatalities.

From the Association of Victims of Terrorism (AVT) they point out that they have been for many years and many meetings demanding “the same efforts to end the glorification of terrorism.”

They also ask for rigor and equanimity in this sense: “The same rigor and zeal there is to put an end to the glorification of Francoism, we ask that you have to end acts of exaltation. And that the same rigor to investigate the events of the Franco regime that there is also for the unsolved cases of ETA“.

The most serious fines of this Historical Memory Law could amount to 150,000 euros, and the smallest to 200. The highest will be imposed on those who carry out illegal burial excavations or those who destroy the tombs or niches of people murdered during the Civil War and the Franco dictatorship.

Just a week ago the Council of Minister approved the bill for the Democratic Memory Law. Now the PNV and the PSE are walking the same path, as stated by the Minister for Equality, Justice and Social Policies, Beatriz Artolazabal, to “promote moral reparation and the recovery of personal and family, social or collective memory, of those they suffered persecution or violence, for political, union, ideological, or religious belief reasons, during the civil war and the dictatorship. “

DNA bank

The text of the Law will be drawn up by the Gogora Institute, which depends on the Basque Executive. It will explain how the actions to locate and identify “persons disappeared in the Civil War” will be conducted.

Among the main measures established by this new law are, in addition to the search for the murdered, genetic identification and the creation of a DNA bank of exhumations in the Basque Country. In it, the genetic data of those who claim to have a missing relative in those years will be added. Thus, in the case of finding any bone remains in future exhumations, it could be compared with the samples provided by their descendants.

After the publication of this law, the public display of elements that exalt both the coup d’état of 1936 and the Franco dictatorship will be prohibited. Neither will plaques, coats of arms, inscriptions and other elements that refer to those two periods of the 20th century in Spain be allowed on the public thoroughfare.

The construction of a Documentary Center of the Historical Memory of the Basque Country and the holding of institutional acts of remembrance and recognition of the victims of the dictatorship.

In addition, a date will be set on the calendar as a day of remembrance to honor to the victims of the coup and the dictatorship.


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