Supporters of General Francisco Franco vowed on Tuesday to fight in court a new law which outlaws expressions of support for the late Spanish dictator. Spain’s left-wing coalition government passed a draft bill which fines anyone who supports Franco and "denigrates or demeans the dignity of the victims" of the Spanish civil war between 1936 -1939. Under the terms of the legislation, the Francisco Franco Foundation, which promotes the dictator’s legacy, could be abolished. Expressing support for Franco or his ideas will carry a maximum fine of €150,000 (£130,000). The Democratic Memory Law is another step in the Socialist government’s campaign to heal the divisions of the Spanish civil war and Franco’s dictatorship which lasted nearly 40 years until his death in 1975. However, the Foundation Francisco Franco condemned the law as "unconstitutional" and the far-right Vox party, which with 52 seats is the third largest party in the Spanish parliament, has vowed to appeal against the law in the courts. "No one will be able to erase the enormous significance of Francisco Franco and his time both for what he avoided and for his achievements. This law is illegitimate and unconstitutional," the foundation said in a statement. The law,… Read full this story
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