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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