Aragon repeals the Law of Autonomous Memory with the votes of PP, Vox and PAR in Spain

Aragon repeals the Law of Autonomous Memory with the votes of PP, Vox and PAR in Spain

In a controversial decision, the Government of Aragon has carried forward the repeal of the regional Law of Democratic Memory. This measure, approved in the previous legislature by the Government of the socialist Javier Lambán, has generated an intense political and social debate.

With the votes of the Popular Party (PP), Vox and the Aragonese Party (PAR), the repeal of this law has been carried out, despite the fact that the PAR had supported its approval in 2018.

The opposition, made up of the left-wing parties and Teruel Existe, has accused the Aragonese president, Jorge Azcón, of giving in to the demands of the extreme right.

Context of the repeal

Aragon’s Law of Democratic Memory, passed in the previous legislature, established a series of measures for the recovery of historical memory and the reparation of the victims of Franco’s regime. However, the current Government of Aragon has considered this law unnecessary and has proceeded to repeal it.

This decision has generated a strong rejection by left-wing parties and memorialist associations, which consider that the rights of the victims are being violated and the importance of historical memory is being denied.

Arguments in favor of the repeal

Government of Aragon argues that the autonomous Law of Democratic Memory was a political tool of social agitation, designed to confront Spaniards. According to Vox spokesman Santiago Morón, this nefarious law has been one of many memory laws that have sought to divide society.

In fact, the repeal of the norm implies the elimination of the census of democratic memory of Aragon, the registry of memorialist entities and the web portal on memory. In addition, public aid for memorialist associations is subject to justification and to the provisions of the corresponding calls and regulatory bases.

Criticism from the opposition

Its opposition, made up of the left-wing parties and Teruel Existe, has harshly criticized the repeal of the Law of Democratic Memory of the Autonomous Community. They have accused the Aragonese president, Jorge Azcón, of succumbing to the demands of the extreme right and of betraying the principles of historical memory. The left-wing parties have pointed out that this repeal was not contemplated in the PP’s government program and have expressed their deep concern for the elimination of the rights of the victims of war and repression.

Role of the Aragonese Party

Aragonese Party (PAR) has been key in the repeal of the law, despite having supported its approval in 2018. This decision has generated controversy and has been interpreted as a betrayal of the party’s principles. However, the PAR has argued that the repeal of the law was necessary to avoid confrontation and guarantee the stability of the Government of Aragon.

Impact of the repeal

Repealing the regional Law of Democratic Memory has several consequences. Firstly, the census of democratic memory of Aragon is eliminated, as well as the registry of memorialist entities and the web portal on memory.

Secondly, the genetic database that had been created by the previous government will be sent to the state DNA bank of victims of the war and dictatorship. Thirdly, public aid for memorial associations is subject to justification and to the provisions of the corresponding calls for proposals and regulatory bases.

Continuity of the national Democratic Memory Law

It is important to point out that, despite the repeal of the regional Law of Democratic Memory, the national Law of Democratic Memory is still in force in Aragon and throughout Spain. The Aragonese Parliament does not have the power to repeal this law, so that historical memory continues to be a relevant issue at the national level.

Criticism of the repeal procedure

The derogation of the Law of Democratic Memory was carried out by means of an urgent procedure with a single reading, which has generated criticism from the opposition. It has been pointed out that this procedure prevented the participation of the memorialist associations and limited the debate on such an important issue as historical memory.

Reactions of the memorialist associations

Memorialist associations have expressed their profound rejection of the repeal of the Law of Democratic Memory of the Autonomous Community. They consider that this measure violates the rights of the victims and denies the importance of historical memory. They have organized rallies and demonstrations to protest against the repeal and to demand the restitution of victims’ rights.

Conclusions

Abrogation of the Law of Democratic Memory in Aragon has generated an intense political and social debate. While the Government argues that this law was a tool of social agitation, the opposition and memorialist associations consider that the rights of the victims are being violated and the importance of historical memory is being denied.

This controversy highlights the need for further reflection and debate on historical memory in Spain. The national Law of Democratic Memory is still in force and the struggle for the recovery of memory and the reparation of the victims of Franco’s regime continues.