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Town halls told to take down last Franco symbols

  • The Ministry for Justice has asked the 656 municipalities in Spain that still have street names or symbols linked to the dictatorship of General Franco to remove them

The Ministry for Justice has asked the 656 municipalities in Spain that still have street names or symbols linked to the dictatorship of General Franco to remove them and comply with a 2007 law.

According to government data, there are 1,171 streets, squares and avenues with names such as Calle General Franco or Plaza Falange Española, as well as less obvious ones linked to military or political figures.

The regions with most offending names are Castilla y León (259) and Castilla-La Mancha (124). In contrast, there are only six recorded in Catalonia and none in the Basque Country.The list also includes symbols and crests linked to the old regime.