Samuel Aranda

Marchena, Seville, Spain

Jose Guisado Ruiz was detained while walking this road between Marchena and Carmona and executed after being accused of being afiliated to PSOE (Socialist Party). His wife was then publically humiliated by having her head shaved and marched through the town in chains. Approximately 200 people were executed in Marchena by right-wing firing squads during and immediately following the Spanish Civil War. The families are fighting for public funds to to recover and DNA test the remains. In July 1936 Francisco Franco led an uprising against the democratically elected government. An estimated 500,000 people died in the three years of war that followed and a further 88,000 to 130,000 people were murdered during the subsequent four decades of fascist dictatorship. Now various groups, led by The Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory (ARMH), are campaigning to investigate the atrocities from the war and the dictatorship. However, under an amnesty law passed in 1977 investigation or prosecution of Franco-era human rights crimes are blocked and the courts are preventing attempts to identify remains or prosecute any living person responsible. Human rights groups are seeking to force the government to authorise a thorough investigation. Conversely, many feel that this will only open old wounds and that the best course of action is to forget. However, given that about 30,000 babies were 'stolen' from their murdered or imprisoned parents the issue is still a live one for those families who want to know where the infants were taken.

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Samuel Aranda
Marchena, Seville
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