The Association of March 3 believes that the Democratic Memory Act of Sánchez falls far short


They criticize that it does not include equality for all victims and the right to justice, which they see as fundamental.

The Spanish government has guaranteed that the new law on democratic memory will apply to the people who “sacrificed everything in defense of democracy”, including the five workers who died in the events of March 3, 1976 in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

However, they believe that the March 3 association falls far short of the standard, partly because it does not include equality for all victims and the right to justice, which they consider to be fundamental.

In this sense, interviewed on Radio Euskadi, they assured that this law follows the same line as the previous one, which in practice translates into maintaining impunity.

The new law of democratic memory remains frozen in Congress, waiting for the newspaper to convene to discuss the amendments. Vereniging 3 de Marzo hopes that the shortcomings it finds in the regulations will be remedied in this phase.

Historic Memory Act of 2007

The Spanish government, in response to a question from the PNV, emphasizes that the law on historical memory of 2007 already “explicitly recognized in favor of people who died in defense of democracy in the period between January 1, 1968 and December 31, 1977” .

In the specific case of the victims of Vitoria, the Executive reports, there were thirteen relatives of the five deceased persons who between March 2009 and March 2010 saw their right to compensation under the still in force law recognized and received a total amount of 675,000 euros.

In addition to these acknowledgments, the government emphasizes that the new Democratic Memory Act “recognises the right of victims, their families and society in general to verify the facts and the public and to make full disclosure of the motives and circumstances in which violations of the international Humanitarian law or serious and obvious violations of international human rights standards have been committed.

Source: EITB


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