Spain: Town removes king from road name, 'symbol of Franco'

Alcano part of association of cities for independence

07 January, 13:40

(ANSAmed) - MADRID, JAMUARY 7 - Alcano, a town of Catalonia west of Barcelona with 250 inhabitants, will scrap the name of the king from one of its road. The city council has voted in favour of a request by residents to remove the plaque 'Calle Juan Carlos I' from the road. 'Removing the name of the king is like removing the symbols of the Franco era', said Mayor Sebastian Ricart.

Juan Carlos, who turned 75 on Sunday, returned to Spain in 1948; in 1969 Francisco Franco, who had restored the monarchy in 1947 thought he had appointed himself as the ruler, indicated him as the heir of the Spanish crown. Juan Carlos was crowned on November 22, 1975, two days after the death of Franco.(ANSAmed).


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