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Franco remains exhumed and flown to cemetery near Madrid Franco remains exhumed and flown to cemetery near Madrid

Franco remains exhumed and flown to cemetery near Madrid

Franco body moved from tomb in the Valley of the Fallen to lie alongside his wife
CulturaZPortada Izquierda 30 October, 2019 user2 0
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The body of the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco has been exhumed from the tomb in the Valley of the Fallen where it has lain since his death in 1975 and is being taken by helicopter to lie alongside that of his wife in a cemetery near Madrid.

Shortly after 10.30am local time the Spanish government announced that the operation to move his body was under way.

Twenty-two members of the Franco family gathered in the basilica, along with Spain’s justice minister, Dolores Delgado, in her role as first notary of the kingdom.

Franco's corpse being introduced inside an helicopter

Franco’s corpse being introduced inside an helicopter

 

A canopy was erected to cover the grave and guard against any attempts to film the exhumation, and those present were checked for electronic devices to make sure there were no images or sound recordings.

Franco’s family screamed “¡Viva España!”

The 1.5-tonne slab that covered the tomb was lifted and the coffin brought up. Although the zinc-lined casket had deteriorated, the family chose not to transfer the remains to a new one.

The body was blessed by the Benedictine abbot of the basilica and the coffin brought out of the church’s entrance just before 1pm on the shoulders of eight of his descendants. It was swathed in cloth and topped with a huge wreath.

As they lowered the coffin into the hearse that would take the body to a waiting air force helicopter, family members shouted “¡Viva España!

A private family service will be held inside the Franco mausoleum at Mingorrubio-El Pardo municipal cemetery, where the dictator’s widow, Carmen Polo, was buried after her death in 1988.

The 1.5-tonne slab that covered the tomb was lifted and the coffin brought up. Although the zinc-lined casket had deteriorated, the family chose not to transfer the remains to a new one.

The body was blessed by the Benedictine abbot of the basilica and the coffin brought out of the church’s entrance just before 1pm on the shoulders of eight of his descendants. It was swathed in cloth and topped with a huge wreath.

As they lowered the coffin into the hearse that would take the body to a waiting air force helicopter, family members shouted “¡Viva España!

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