This article was translated by John R. Bopp
The Secolo d’Italia is the mouthpiece for the Italian extreme right. Not worthy of being considered “media”, it’s a pamphlet it with the political heirs of the Italian fascists who massacred thousands of Basques during the Spanish Civil War transmit their “thoughts” (if what goes through the head of a fascist could be described as thus).
This pamphlet was born to defend the thesis of the Italian Social Movement, a political party founded by the followers of dictator and criminal Benito Mussolini. Since then, they have defended the ideas? of the Italian extreme right, including those of Silvio Berlusconi.
A few days ago, the Secolo d’Italia published an article? calling the closing of the Monument to the Fallen (link in Spanish) that was built in Pamplona to honor the dead of the insurgents an “act of infamy carried out by some extremists”.
We’re not going to worry about the ridiculous title that the journalist? gave his article; that way, we can go straight to the point. They complain, we think rightly so, that this is just another act against “historical memory”, but not for the “un-reasons” they defend. Since the Spanish Civil War, all acts of public institutions (so called by the insurgents) were against the defense of “historical memory”. Every book, every statement, every medal, every monument, every honor was an infamy, an insult to the Truth and to History. Unfortunately, post-Francoist politicians have not been able to eliminate so many lies from books, streets, institutions, and memory.
The City of Pamplona has taken an important step in ending the offense that is the Monument to the Fallen. And, to remove all doubt, we don’t consider it offensive because it has the names of the dead of the insurgents; we consider it offensive because it is a monument to the insurrection and the dictatorship, in addition to being a symbol for honoring the use of violence.
If anyone wants a list of martyrs on the walls of the institutions of a country, they should also put one up of all the names of the dead, exiled, and purged for being faithful to democratic institutions. That would be honorable and an act of respect to “historical memory”.
By the way, there are plenty of people who read that Italian pamphlet in the Kingdom of Spain, which means there are still significant numbers of Francoists around.
Secolo d’Iitalia – 1/9/2016 – Italia
Spagna, Zapatero colpisce ancora: contro la memoria l’ultima infamia
Atto d’infamia, in Spagna, contro la memoria storica. Ne sono autori, a Pamplona, gli estremisti di Podemos e gli indipendentisti baschi di Bildu, che guidano la nuova giunta municipale della città. Verranno infatti rimossi dal Monumento ai Caduti i resti di due generali franchisti, Emilio Mola Vidal e José Sanrujo Sacanell, che furono a fianco del futuro Caudillo