Cultural Heritage concludes the catalog of Francoist vestiges in Tenerife for their “immediate removal”

The Vice Ministry of Culture and Cultural Heritage of the Government of the Canary Islands has concluded the work of preparing the catalog of Francoist vestiges of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, including the monuments to the Caudillo and the Fallen, and whose objective is to proceed with their “immediate withdrawal”.

The City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife wants to restore the controversial monument to Franco

The City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife wants to restore the controversial monument to Franco

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The document has almost 3,000 pages and registers “exhaustively and rigorously” some 80 elements in the capital of Tenerife, and which must now 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 María Isabel Navarro, together with the experts Ricardo A. Guerra Palmero and Yolanda Peralta Sierra, the Vice-Ministry reported in a statement on Tuesday.

The catalog includes Francoist symbols, streets, monuments and mentions of the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, as established by the Law of Historical Memory of the Canary Islands and of recognition and moral reparation of the Canarian victims of the civil war and the Franco dictatorship.

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 ourselves” .

The catalog of the capital of Tenerife includes a collection of almost 80 cards relating to monuments, sculptures and objects, Francoist mentions applied to street names, spaces and urban elements, as well as buildings and a list of honors and distinctions awarded at different times of the history of the municipal corporation.

In the preparation of this document, the investigation commissioned by the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and delivered to that administration on July 2, 2019, has been taken into account, to guide municipal actions due to the case initiated against the corporation in 2017 and ratified in May 2018 for non-compliance with the 2007 Historical Memory Law.

The Catalog is the tool that allows acting with each specific case and for its elaboration a documentary investigation has been carried out in archives of local administrations, regional administrations, State administrations and military archives, among others.

Regarding the concepts defined in the cataloging, an identification of vestiges present in the municipal term consisting of monuments has been proposed; sculptures and objects; gravestones, plaques and inscriptions; names of streets, names of spaces and urban elements, names of buildings and honors and distinctions.

Each file contains data of interest regarding the year, the denomination, the type of vestige, the location, the site map, the organization or entity, the inscription, a description, graphic documentation, the historical context, a justification, the sources and observations.

In this last section, the removal of the almost 80 vestiges that are still preserved related to the Franco regime is argued.

Among the vestiges that must be definitively removed from public space are monuments such as the Monument to the Fallen (1947) 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, 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, there are roads such as the General Serrador bridge (1943), Calvo Sotelo street (1936) and Francisco Aguilar y Paz promenade (1994), as well as neighborhoods such as the neighborhood and Plaza de la Victoria and educational centers such as the CEIP Fray Albino (1944), among others, while the honors and distinctions include more than 130 people.

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