Spain's 'pact of silence' and the Removal of Franco's Statues

The Australian National University
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Past Law, Present Histories, 2012, 1, pp. 153 - 176
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The Spanish Law of Historical Memory, passed in 2007, is an important milestone in addressing several issues that have remained unresolved since the death of Franco, 32 years earlier. The law calls for, among other important provisions,1 the removal of all Francoist symbols from public buildings and spaces. Franco was highly visible in the public sphere, using his own images to legitimise his rule, not unlike other dictators, contemporaneous or historical. But, what makes Francos case so interesting, is that he remained present in the public sphere for decades after his death, due to a `pact of silence that Spanish society agreed upon at the time of transition to democracy.
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