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Saturday, February 12, 2022

Monument to Franco declared illegal

The contentious Monumento a la Victoria or Monument to the Caudillo in Santa Cruz

The Vice-Ministry of Culture and Cultural Heritage has concluded the work of preparing the Catalogue of Francoist vestiges of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a document that at over three thousand pages exhaustively and rigorously records these elements in the island's capital and that now must be approved by the Ministry of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports, after being informed by the Technical Commission of Historical Memory. The investigation has been led by the professor of History, Maisa Navarro, together with expert doctors Ricardo A. Guerra Palmero and Yolanda Peralta Sierra.

Juan Márquez, Deputy Minister of Culture and Cultural Heritage, insists that "all public administrations have the obligation to comply with regional and state law" and stresses that in "the recognition and reparation of the victims of Francoism, all democrats must commit".

Among the vestiges that must be definitively removed from public space are monuments such as the Monument to the Fallen (1947) in Plaza de España (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) and the Monument to the Caudillo (1966); sculptures such as the bust of Joaquín Amigó de Lara (1986) or objects such as the propeller of the Crucero Canarias, flagship of the national fleet in the Civil War, inscriptions such as the plaques of the National Housing Institute (1957) or the tombstone of the Fallen of Igueste de San Andrés (1975).

As for the denominations, we find roads such as the General Serrador Bridge (1943), Calvo Sotelo street (1936) or the Francisco Aguilar y Paz passage (1994) as well as districts such as La Victoria neighbourhood and square, and educational centres such as the CEIP Fray Albino (1944), among others. The honours and distinctions include more than 130 people.