The government will carry out an inventory of works built with forced labor during the Franco regime

The Minister of Territorial Policy and Democratic Memory, Ángel Victor Torres, announced on Wednesday that he will facilitate an investigation into forced labor during the Franco regime, to prepare a census of the victims and an inventory of the buildings built that way.

“With this inventory, which we want to conduct in 2024, we want to know how many people there were, what works were done, and to provide transparency and answer to all of this,” explained the minister after inspecting the remains of the Franco’s execution squad. In the mountains of Chozas de la Sierra, Madrid. In statements to journalists, the head of Democratic Memory also said that “the Law of Democratic Memory should be developed” and for that “we should approach all political groups”.

During the visit, in which the delegate of the Government of Madrid, Francisco Martín, participated; The mayor of Soto del Real, the socialist Noelia Barrado, and his predecessor in this city council, and the current general secretary of the PSOE in Madrid, Juan Lobato, Torres recalled the plight of those who “suffered imprisonment” and “forced labor” during this time. and other places in Spain during the Franco regime “for such brilliant reasons as the defense of freedom and democracy”.

Torres said the goal is “not to forget what has been experienced in our history, not to repeat the events that led to violence, military coups against the will of the people, demonstrations at the ballot boxes, to protect. Freedom and Democracy”.

In his opinion, “there is no place in any European civilization and in any people who have experienced destruction, fascism and genocide, to be someone who defends all this and therefore what should be done about the Francoist remnants. Unanimously, remove them, and for this we need the cooperation of all institutions. “This should not be a government issue.

“Swastika symbols or raised hands cannot be defended by someone who believes in freedom and democracy, because it is antagonistic, it is opposite, it is antithetical, it is impossible for fascist symbols to coexist in democracy and freedom. he said.

During the dictatorship, more than 2,000 Republican prisoners out of 6,000 who worked on the construction of the train line between Chamartín and Lozoya on the Madrid-Burgos railway were imprisoned in the Chozas de la Sierra penitentiary.

Today in the surroundings you can see the remains of huts built by the prisoners, where women and children survived crammed together, close to their husbands, fathers or sons and daughters, just four square meters, like Lucia Diaz, who was born in St. that squad and that this Wednesday he also participated in the visit.

As the ministry explained in a press release, the construction of the Madrid-Burgos railway line involved prisoners and their families working and living in nine detachments of Madrid: Chozas de la Sierra, Bustarviejo, Garganta de los Montes o Lozoyuela, Valdemanco. , Miraflores de la Sierra, Colmenar Viejo, Fuencarral, Chamartín and Las Rozas.

In 1941-1955, 70 kilometers of railway infrastructure was built with forced labor. The track was planned in 1928, but work was interrupted during the Second Republic, resumed after the Civil War, completed in 1955, and the railway did not open until 1968.

Source: El Diario





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