Small protest seeking justice for victims of Franco held in Madrid

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Yesterday, on Fiestas de San Isidro Labrador in Madrid, Spain, a small protest demanding justice for victims of the Franco regime was held in Puerta del Sol for an hour starting around 8:00 pm local time.

One sign said "Contra la Impunidad Solidaridad con las víctimas del Franquismo", which translates to "Against Impunity, Solidarity with victims of the Franco regime". The protest started with speakers on a megaphone, and was followed by a march around the plaza several times with the leaders holding a large banner. They were followed by people chanting, holding flags of the Second Spanish Republic, and holding placards. There was a police presence around the protest.

Puerta del Sol has historically been important as a place for Spaniards to hold protests about concerns they have in the country including ones that coincided with the 2011 Arab Spring that demanded changes to Spain's political systems.

Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 01.JPG Protesters with a banner saying, "Contra la Impunidad, Solidaridad con las víctimas, del Franquismo"
Image: Laura Hale.

Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 02.JPG Protesters with a banner saying, "Contra la Impunidad, Solidaridad con las víctimas, del Franquismo"
Image: Laura Hale.

Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 03.JPG Protesters with a banner saying, "Contra la Impunidad, Solidaridad con las víctimas, del Franquismo"
Image: Laura Hale.
Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 05.JPG Protester holding a flag of the Second Spanish Republic
Image: Laura Hale.
Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 06.JPG Protesters with a banner saying, "Contra la Impunidad, Solidaridad con las víctimas, del Franquismo"
Image: Laura Hale.
Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 07.JPG Protesters with a banner saying, "Contra la Impunidad, Solidaridad con las víctimas, del Franquismo"
Image: Laura Hale.
Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 08.JPG Protesters with a banner saying, "Contra la Impunidad, Solidaridad con las víctimas, del Franquismo"
Image: Laura Hale.
Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 09.JPG Protesters with a banner saying, "Contra la Impunidad, Solidaridad con las víctimas, del Franquismo"
Image: Laura Hale.
Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 10.JPG Protester with a pictur placard that says, "Alejandro Biesla Gomez

22 años de edad. Fusilado en el penal de Ocaña (Toledo) el 22 de Julia de Mayo". The person pictured went missing during the Franco regime.
Image: Laura Hale.

Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 12.JPG Protester with a sign saying "Recuerdos" meaning "Memories" that contains newspaper clippings related to victims of the regime.
Image: Laura Hale.
Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 13.JPG Protester with a sign saying "Recuerdos" meaning "Memories" that contains newspaper clippings related to victims of the regime.
Image: Laura Hale.
Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 16.JPG Protesters marching around the plaza.
Image: Laura Hale.
Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 17.JPG Protest sign saying, "No nos da miedo el ruido del poder nos da miedo el silencio del pueblo" which translates to "We are not afraid of the noise of power. We are afraid of the silence of the people."
Image: Laura Hale.
Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 18.JPG Protesters marching around the plaza.
Image: Laura Hale.
Puerta del Sol Franco Protest May 15 2014 19.JPG Protesters marching around the plaza.
Image: Laura Hale.



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