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Spanish lawmakers turned down Wednesday a bill proposing to proclaim July 18 as a day to commemorate the Spanish Civil War and its victims, and to condemn the authoritarian dictatorship of Francisco Franco.
The bill, submitted by the Pluralist Left -- a coalition of the United Left and the Greens -- got the backing of Spain's main opposition Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and other smaller parties but it was rejected when the ruling People's Party (PP) and the Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) voted against.
"This bill is against no one. It is only aimed at closing open wounds, acknowledging the victims and maximizing reconciliation among all Spaniards. Millions of Spanish people have been denied a decent burial for their loved ones. There are still more than 100,000 missing," Jose Luis Centella, a the Pluralist Left spokesperson, told a parliamentary debate before the voting.
On July 18, 1936, General Francisco Franco broadcasted a message calling for all army officers to join an uprising to overthrow Spain's leftist Republican government. The message marked the beginning of the Spanish Civil War as a revolt by right-wing Spanish military officers in Spanish Morocco. It quickly spread to mainland Spain.
The war ended on April 1, 1939, with the victory of the Franco-led Nationalists and the exile of thousands of left-leaning Spaniards.
Franco established a Fascist dictatorship in the aftermath of the Civil War and ruled until his death in November 1975.Last Mod: 22 Mayıs 2013, 13:15