I was in Bar Metro the other week supping on a cider and imbibing on the stories in Noticias de Gipuzkoa when I came across the following from an article titled ‘Revisionism wants to whitewash the genocide of dictator Francisco Franco’, “…the law of September 23rd 1939 considers non-criminal the actions of possession of weapons & explosives, threats, coercion, injuries, damages, homocides by people in respect to whom there is evidence their ideology coincides with the National movement from April 14th 1931 – the day of the proclamation of the Second Republic – to July 18th 1936 – the day of the coup d’état”.
Not quite believing what I read, the following day I did a bit of research into it and found in the Official State Gazette, No. 273, the law of September 8th 1939 which states that “as of September 23rd it considers non-criminal certain acts of political-social action committed from April 14th 1931 to July 18th 1936”. The certain acts listed in Article 1 of the Law assert that “possession of weapons and explosives, homicides, injuries… by people with respect to whom their ideology coincides with the National Movement… could be considered as a protest against the anti-patriotic sense of the organizations and government that with their conduct justified the Uprising”.
I consider it to be the best use of the ‘being up in arms’ expression I’ve encountered, and besides lodging all these actions as a protest, this law also rendered any future action – either formal or informal – by those who were threatened, coerced, injured, or who had their possessions damaged or love ones murdered during that time, an illegal act. It was a very clever piece of thinking by Franco, or whoever drew it up, making normal criminal acts non-criminal and at the same time a normal non-criminal act criminal. However you can be too clever for your own good sometimes, and when Franco signed this piece of legislation into law – in an attempt I imagine to gradually wipe these actions from memory – he inadvertently also created a permanent acknowledgement of their existence.
(c) Poraic Cahill
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