Posters of ex-dictator Franco'order' Catalonians not to vote

Campaign by left-wing separatist movement ahead of referendum

18 July, 13:55

    (ANSAmed) - BARCELONA, JULY 17 - Catalonians awoke on Tuesday morning to ubiquitous posters showcasing the stern visage of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco ordering them not to vote in the October 1 independence referendum. The controversial campaign was launched by the left-wing association 'Repubblica des de Baix' on the 81st anniversary of Franco's coup d'état against the Second Spanish Republic, which was drowned in the blood of the 1936-39 civil war, followed by 40 years of dictatorship. ''Do Not Vote'', the Generalissimo on the posters orders, ''On October 1, No to the Republic!''.

    The campaign of Franco posters, said former regional MP of the separatist left Antonio Banos said, ''aims to shake up consciences. People like Franco did not want a Republic and this led to 40 years of dictatorship.'' ''We have a good memory. We know that it is a state that is heir to Franco's that does not want us to vote,'' reads a tweet from the Republica des de Baix account. Carles Puigdemont, president of Catalonia, has announced that the Catalonians will be asked in the referendum whether they want the region to become an independent republic. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called the referendum ''illegal'' according to the 1978 constitution, and said that he would use ''every means at his disposal'' to prevent it from being held. (ANSAmed)
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