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Catalonia to commemorate 80th anniversary of Spanish Civil War

This year commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), one of Spain’s most violent episodes which led to the 36-year fascist dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The events will start on the 18th of July, the same day the war started, with a concert at ‘Palau de la Música’, one of the most symbolic cultural institutions in Catalonia. According to Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency, Raül Romeva, the aim of the Government is to fight against “the institutionalisation of forgetfulness”, a situation which he considered “dishonest and unfair not only for the victims of the war but also for the present and future generations”. The Battle of Ebro, the longest and largest battle of the Civil War and the refugee camp in Argeles, France, will be at the centre of the commemoration. 

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01 July 2016 05:34 PM

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Barcelona (CNA).- The Catalan Government presented this Friday the commemorative events which will be organised to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The events will start on the 18th of July, the same day the war started, at ‘Palau de la Música’, one of the most symbolic cultural institutions in Catalonia. The commemoration will focus on the Battle of Ebro, the longest and largest battle of the Spanish Civil War and also on the refugee camp at Argeles, France. According to Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency, Raül Romeva, the aim of the Government is to fight against “the institutionalisation of forgetfulness”, a situation which he considered “dishonest and unfair not only for the victims of the war but also for the present and future generations”.


Romeva presented the commemorative programme at Barcelona’s ‘Plaça de Sant Felip Neri’ one of the squares in the Catalan capital which best reflects the consequences of the civil war’s battles, since there are still marks of artillery shelling in different spots on the square.

The Catalan Minister emphasised that the events to commemorate the 80th anniversary Spanish Civil War don’t have any specific budget, since the Government had to extend last year’s bill after radical left pro-independence CUP vetoed the proposal. However, Romeva assured that the commemoration can count on the support of the Generalitat and that of different organisations which work to safeguard historic memory. In this vein, Romeva also celebrated that for the first time in many years, these entities will receive the subsidies “they deserve”.

“80 years have passed, but the war is still alive today as a concept, beyond our frontiers”, stated Romeva and named Syria as an example of “all the work left to do” in order to achieve peace all over the world. “Historic memory policies contribute to a peace which has to be global and without an expiry date”, he added. 

The Catalan Minister explained some of the events, although others will be added soon. The first one will be a concert that will take place at Barcelona’s ‘Palau de la Música’ on the 18th of July, the day of the Nationalist troop’s rebellion. The so-called ‘baby bottle conscription', due to the young age of the combatants, will be commemorated on the 25th of July in the area were the ‘Battle of Ebro’ took place.

In December the 1,700 anti-Francoists executed by firing squad at Barcelona’s ‘Camp de la Bota’ between 1939 and 1952, will be remembered at this same location. 

On the 5th of February next year, Argeles beach, in France, will be the place to pay tribute to the thousands of refugees which had to leave Spain and went initially to France. 

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  • Commemorative banner of the Civil War 80th anniversary and the marks of artillery shelling on the walls of Plaça Sant Felip Neri on the background (by ACN)

  • Commemorative banner of the Civil War 80th anniversary and the marks of artillery shelling on the walls of Plaça Sant Felip Neri on the background (by ACN)