Barcelona responded with protests and a rain of eggs at the opening of the controversial exhibition, dedicated to the late Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.
A temporary exhibition entitled “Franco, victory, the Republic, impunity and urban space” consisted of sculptures placed on the streets of Barcelona after more than 40 years after the death of the General, which, in turn, marked the country’s transition to democracy. One of the sculptures depicts a seated on horseback Franco, another depicts the dictator saluting the victory in the civil war. Both eggs were thrown at a few minutes after the opening of the exhibition, writes The Guardian.
Social activists representing the victims of Franco, held a silent protest action during the presentation of the work, while Catalan separatists chanted: “No Nazis on our streets”.
The Deputy mayor of Barcelona, Gerardo Pisarello tried to reduce the degree of what is happening, stating that the aim of the exhibition is to “reprove the crimes of francoism and impunity, even in the face of democracy.”
During the transition to democracy in Spain had adopted an Amnesty law for crimes committed during the dictatorship and the civil war of 1936-1939. The law of 1977 prevents the investigation of Franco’s repression. Notwithstanding other law requiring the removal of francoist symbols from public places, in some municipalities they are still present.