Tuesday, April 16

Historical memory: Extremadura will receive more than 170,000 euros from the Government to exhume Francoist graves

Exhumation of a grave from the Civil War in Fuentes de León, in the south of the province of Badajoz. / TODAY

Minister Nuria Flores recalled at the Second Sectoral Conference on Democratic Memory that Badajoz was the province with the most reprisals in Spain, only behind Seville

Extremadura will receive 205,713 euros to exhume Francoist graves and dignify the victims. The Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports, Nuria Flores, has participated this Friday in Seville in the Second Sectoral Conference on Democratic Memory chaired by the Minister of the Presidency, Relations with Parliament and Democratic Memory, Félix Bolaños. During the same, the distribution between the communities of a budget of three million euros was approved to carry out exhumations of graves from the Civil War and the Franco regime during this year and actions to disseminate democratic memory.

During the meeting, Nuria Flores explained the importance of the approval of the Extremadura Historical and Democratic Memory Law for the implementation of exhumations and administrative instruments for locating, remembering, dignifying and repairing the victims of Franco’s repression , such as the Institute of Historical and Democratic Memory or the Memorial in memory of those assassinated in the Plaza de Toros de Badajoz in 1936.

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Nuria Flores has recalled that the province of Badajoz was the most repressed in Spain, only behind that of Seville, and has advanced that with the budget allocated to the region this year, among other actions, the updating of the map of regional mass graves, the creation of a database of victims and the reinforcement of democratic memory actions related to the concentration camps of Francoism in the region, such as Castuera, ‘Los Arenales’, in the city of Cáceres, and the penal colony of Montijo.


Within the budget for actions of democratic memory that the Government of Spain allocates this year to the Extremadura community, a total of 173,671 euros will be used to locate, exhume and identify people who disappeared during the Civil War and the dictatorship; and 32,041.34 euros for activities to publicize the work carried out and the results achieved, and to dignify the burial sites and promote the places of memory associated with them.

The region is the sixth autonomous community that receives the largest budget in a distribution, in which criteria such as the number of graves pending intervention or the number of graves intervened since 2020 in each territory have been taken into account.

The exhumation begins in Formentera to identify 38 reprisals from Extremadura

Likewise, the meeting of the Second Sectoral Conference on Democratic Memory has approved the inclusion of actions to commemorate the Spanish Constitution and the Transition and activities to dignify and recover concentration camps from the Civil War and the Dictatorship and the Second World War. Worldwide, within the fundable activities of disclosure, dignification of burials and places of memory.

The Democratic Memory Sectoral Conference is a body created in March 2021 for cooperation between administrations in order to carry out consultative, decision-making and coordination tasks between the State and the autonomous communities in everything related to Democratic Memory policies. . The 17 autonomous communities and the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla are represented at the Conference.


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