Málaga city hall is continuing its withdrawal of Francoesque symbols by removing more than 50 plaques and tiles from around the city.
The contract for the removal has been awared to a company called Picaso for a total cost of €6000.
In all, more than 50 plaques and tiles that currently display Franco symbols, or symbols of the time, will be removed from building facades.
Thirty plaques are to be removed, which brings the current total to more than 50. The areas for attention are Avda. de la Paloma, Canónigo Fernández de Ávila, Concejal Masso Roura, Avda. Sor Teresa Prat, Sillita de la Reina, Héroe de Sostoa (several instances), Montaña Blanca, Archidona and Barriadas Haza de Cuevas and 26 de Febrero.
The owners of the buildings are being notified by the Ayuntamiento, including private properties, because the law demands the action.
Already, plaques have been removed from the neighbourhoods of Olías and the gardens of Pedro Luis Alonso, a monolith in Gibralfaro, commemorative crosses and a plaque in the Paseo Salvador Rueda (Camino Nuevo). Also the solar clock of the Gardens of Puerta Oscura has been covered. As for the streets, some changes have been made, such as General Mola and Calle General Sanjurjo streets, which have been renamed Calle O’Donell and Calle Escritor Enrique Llovet, respectively. In the neighborhood of Olías the street Generalísimo Franco is now Calle la Ópera, the street Queipo de Llano is now called La Cantata and the Mártires de Olías is now Calle La Sinfonía.
These actions are the result of different plenary agreements and those reached in the Municipal Commission of Historical Memory, which meets again today (Wednesday November 16). The agenda of this committee includes an agreement with the University of Malaga to carry out various actions among which highlights an investigation that determines the identity of people who gave names to some streets. This tracking aims to locate possible denominations of military of the time of the Francoism that may also be removed from streets.
Manuel José García Caparrós
Additionally, Málaga city council has already started to process and transfer the plaque for the corner where Manuel José García Caparros died. Caparrós was shot and killed by armed police when he was aged 19, during a demonstration for the autonomy of Andalucía. Likewise, soon commemorative plaques will be placed in two key places of historical significance: the former women’s prison (now the Local Police barracks) and the San Rafael Cemetery.