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Malaga remembers tragedy of 1937 flight from city in Civil War by retracing victims' steps

The memorial march sets off on Tuesday.
The memorial march sets off on Tuesday. / Álvaro Cabrera
  • People in Malaga have this week been remembering the events of eighty years ago when the Republican-held city fell to Nationalist troops in the Spanish Civil War

The people of Malaga have this week been remembering the events eighty years ago in February 1937 when the Republican-held city fell to Nationalist troops in the Spanish Civil War. Fearing persecution, thousands of residents headed east on the road to Almeria, where many were killed by shells from gunboats offshore.

As part of the commemorative acts, local authorities and groups campaigning for the victims' memory to be kept alive joined together to see off a memorial march covering the 250 kilometres from Malaga to Almeria along the original route, one which many of the 1937 refugees did not complete. The Junta de Andalucía's deputy minister for Culture, Marta Alonso, said that this march was one of the events aiming "to bring justice, compensation and dignity to those murdered".