Calle General Cabanillas NerjaA group calling themselves ‘Nerja Limpia de Símbolos Fascistas’ (Nerja Clean of Fascist Symbols) have defaced one of the street names in the town, claiming that the name honours a criminal from the era of the Spanish Civil War.

The group added a sticker with the word “Criminal” to the street sign at calle General Asensio Cabanillas, in the town’s Parador area. Asensio Cabanillas fought with Franco’s fascist forces, which deposed the elected Spanish government in April 1939 and was later made Minister of War in Franco’s government.

Nerja Limpia de Símbolos Fascistas claim that the street name should be changed under the Historical Memory Law that was passed in 2007 which states that francoist symbols should be removed from public buildings and spaces.

The group placed the sticker on the street sign on the 18th of July to coincide with the 77th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil war. The sticker was removed the following morning and Nerja Council have made no comment as to whether or not they plan to change the name of the street.

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Muchas gracias a MyNerja por informar sobre esta noticia. Queremos aclarar que nuestra acción no es un acto vandálico, pues en ningún momento se ha dañado las placas originales de la calle. Se ha tratado de un acto mediático para propiciar el debate entre todos los habitantes de Nerja, locales y extranjeros, preocupados por esta infamia. La idea es recoger firmas para entregarlas al ayuntamiento, que es conocedor de esta situación y no quiere hacer nada por remediarlo, y cambie el nombre de la calle por otro que nos dignifique. Es impensable que hoy en día en Alemania o Italia, se mantegan calles con nombres de nazis o fascistas como ocurre en España. (traducido con google traductor) Thank you very much to MyNerja for reporting this news. We want to clarify that our action is not an act of vandalism, since at no time has damaged the original plates on the street. It has been a media event to promote discussion among all the inhabitants of Nerja, local and foreign, concerned about this outrage. The idea is to collect signatures to deliver to the city council, which is aware of this and will not do anything about it, and change the name of the street on the other we dignify. It is unthinkable that today in Germany and Italy, were provisionally maintain streets named after Nazi or fascist as in Spain. (translated with google translator)
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