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Erected in the Spanish enclave of Melilla on the northern coast of Morocco, the last statue of Francisco Franco was unbolted on February 23. The local Parliament having spoken in favor of this debunking. The Vox party, for its part, voted against.

A bronze statue of Francisco Franco was unbolted on February 23 in the Spanish enclave of Melilla located in northern Morocco. It was the last statue of Caudillo still visible on Spanish territory.

“Historic day: the last statue of Franco on the public highway in Spain, which was in our city, has been withdrawn”, rejoiced on twitter the local government. The day before, a majority of deputies of the local Parliament had voted in favor of unbolting the statue.

The Popular Party (conservative and liberal right) abstained while Vox (nationalist right) voted against. The party justified its opposition by arguing that the statue was not a tribute to Franco but to his role during the war in the Moroccan Rif.

Voted in 2007 under the government of socialist José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, a law requires town halls to remove from public space the symbols defending the Franco dictatorship and its supporters during the civil war. But it meets the hostility of many right-wing local administrations.

The Francoist legacy still divides the country. In 2019, the exhumation of the Spanish dictator from his mausoleum in Valle de los Caidos wanted by the government of Pedro Sanchez (PSOE) had revived heated debates within the Spanish political class.

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