The first lawsuit under the new Law of Historical Memory, filed in Barcelona

General Franco wax model - Credit Anton_Ivanov /

The first lawsuit under the new Law of Historical Memory has been brought in Spain.

The case announced on Wednesday, November 16 by TVE News sees the National Police Station in Via Laietana in Barcelona being sued for its involvement in Francoist crimes

The new law it is hoped will bring closure for many who suffered at the hands of Franco, in a move not dissimilar to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that helped to heal many wounds in South Africa. 

Franco remains a controversial figure in Spain with his reign marked by brutal repression that saw tens of thousands murdered. But he is also credited with greatly improving the quality of life in Spain, the country having fallen from grace and into poverty. 

The dictator allowed social and economic reform but remained in full control from the centre with a highly authoritarianism and nationalistic approach. 

That legacy remains with regions such as Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia remaining at odds with the central government over their future. 

With the first lawsuit under the new Law of Historical Memory filed in Barcelona, many expect to see a flurry of cases that may help to bring some healing, but which also may open old wounds. 

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Peter McLaren-Kennedy

Originally from South Africa, Peter is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


    • Naimah Yianni

      17 November 2022 • 15:34

      Seems a bit ridiculous after 80 years. Are they going to prosecute all those on the communist side who murdered people?

    • Dr Trth

      19 November 2022 • 17:01

      We need something like that for the United Kingdom the British have invaded countries, stolen £millions in land, Gold, Oil and rare artefacts, Jewels etc and murdered thousands. Come on United Kingdom cough now!


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