The Amanecer 31 association has asked the Municipal Corporation to withdraw the honorary distinctions linked to the Franco dictatorship that still survive in Águilas.
Specifically, they point to the title of "Adoptive Children of Eagles" that was awarded to the Section of Regulars of the Tabor de Tetuán in 1939 and the "Gold Medal of the Town of Eagles" that was awarded to the dictator Francisco Franco in 1968. For Amanecer 31, the current legislation "leaves no doubt" in the mandatory nature of the withdrawal of these honorary distinctions.
According to article 15.1 of Law 52/2007 of December 26, "public administrations, in the exercise of their powers, must take appropriate measures to remove shields, insignia, plaques and other objects or commemorative mentions of exaltation , personal or collective, of the military uprising, the Civil War and the repression of the Dictatorship ". In this sense, they point out that "the Gold Medal of the Villa de Águilas that was awarded to the dictator should be withdrawn, as well as canceling the consideration of Adoptive Children to a military garrison that is linked to the disappearance and murder in April 1939 of the aquilines Mariano Maldonado and José Antonio González ". An initiative with "zero cost" Pedro Javier López, historian and coordinator of Amanecer 31, recalls that the withdrawal of these honorary distinctions does not entail any charge to the public treasury.
"It only requires a majority vote of the members of the Corporation in a plenary session to revoke the agreement by which said honors were granted and request the return of the Gold Medal to the institution or public or private person that currently owns it" . Recent examples support this proposal, such as the case of the Mancor de la Vall City Council (Balearic Islands) which, with the votes in favor of Més per Mallorca and the Popular Party, withdrew Franco's title of Adoptive Child in July. Study the Franco dictatorship From Amanecer 31 they propose a "greater study of what the Franco dictatorship was", something they consider "should be done without filias or phobias, resorting to historical sources and through rigorous research work". "We do not want to erase the Franco regime from the history of Águilas, we only pretend that in democracy we stop honoring a dictator and comply with the law in this regard," declares López.
"We are not facing a question of political or historical debate, but a judicial one, as there is current legislation that must be complied with."
Source: asociación Amanecer 31