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Homenajes a represaliados del franquismo en el 93º aniversario de la II República

Homenajes a represaliados del franquismo en el 93º aniversario de la II República

Los restos de 20 hombres fusilados y enterrados en las fosas 126 y 112 del cementerio de Paterna "regresan a casa" tras 84 años de espera


Diversas localidades de la Comunitat Valenciana han acogido este sábado actos de homenaje para "rendir honores y eterna memoria" a las personas represaliadas por la dictadura franquista, conseguir que "por fin se haga una parte de justicia", reivindicar el recuerdo del pasado "para dignificar la historia" y "pelear" frente al proyecto de ley de 'concordia' en la víspera del 93º aniversario de la proclamación de la Segunda República.

Así, en el cementerio de Paterna, ha tenido lugar un homenaje en el que se han entregado a sus familiares los restos de 20 personas fusiladas y enterradas en las fosas 112 --dos-- y 126 --las otras 18--, también conocida como la 'Fossa de la Terra'. Tras ser identificados, los cuerpos podrán tener "un entierro digno" y descansar junto a sus seres queridos "más de 80 años después" de su fusilamiento.

Los nombres de los 20 hombres que "regresarán a casa" son Miguel Bas, Vicente Camarasa, José Mª Capella, Pedro Conejero, Alfonso Gavilá, Vicent Giménez, Emilio Gisbert, José Honrubia, Eduardo Llácer, Salvador Lleó, Vicent Lluch, Jeremías Martí, José Mira, Josep Navarro, Rafael Sala, Vicente Santacatalina, Antonio Segura, Francisco Tarazona, Ramón Tortosa y Salvador Zacarés.

During the act, one of Miguel Bas Tomás' granddaughters, in words directed to her grandfather, has shown "joy" for "being able to fulfill the dreams of grandmother Rosario and your children". "We did not know anything about you because of the fear that instilled in the grandmother until the arrival of democracy. You were an absent grandfather in the physical sense, who died in the war and it wasn't like that. Slowly your story emerged. Your letters showed us and told us about your last years, and in them we appreciate the value you had for the family, the love for the grandmother and for your children," she continued.

"Today we will take you to Moixent, your town from which you should never have had to leave. Your family awaits you there, your children who have never forgotten you and have lived longing for that father they were robbed of and murdered. We take you next to grandmother Rosario," she concluded.

On the other hand, one of Vicente Camarasa Sanvicente's granddaughters, a farmer and president of the Municipal Council of Guadassuar, has acknowledged that the location and identification of her grandfather's remains has been a "very long process" and it is "very difficult to explain what one feels at this moment because a large amount of feelings accumulate inside one's heart." She wanted to remember all the people who loved her grandfather and "are no longer here today": "Mother, brothers, sisters, wife, children."

"My grandfather was a good man, full of dreams and concerns, with projects for life and plans for the future that were cut short on September 11, 1940. He was shot in times of peace," she denounced, and addressed him: "Grandpa, today, 84 years later, you return to your town, to Guadassuar, and you will rest next to your wife, Asunción. Here are your granddaughters and grandsons, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. And his miss has come to take you home, as you used to say, your daughter Asunción. They say that those who are not forgotten do not die and you, grandpa, will always be alive among us, in our memory."

Among the attendees at the tribute and remains delivery, the president of the Association of Relatives of Fossa 128 in Paterna and Secretary of the Platform of Associations of Relatives of Victims of Franco's Mass Graves of Paterna, Daniel Galán, has maintained, in statements to Europa Press, that he highly doubts "that anyone from the Generalitat —" controlled by the right and the far right" — "has deigned to make an appearance" at the event this Saturday.

"It is a failure, because, after all, it is an institution that owes itself to the citizenry and should be here. There should be a representation at least, regardless of the political color they have. This is a citizen thing, a family thing, and I think they should be here. They won't be missed either," he said.

Galán, who identified his grandfather's remains in 2018 and buried them with his grandmother, has stated that this is an act "of pure and sheer emotion" that allows "at last a part of justice to be done" and "after 80 years, a son reunites with his father." "At least to be able to give them a dignified burial so that they are not strewn in a mass grave like animals," he emphasized, and he asserted that faced with the 'concordia' bill, which "serves for nothing," "we must fight."

Rosa María Chofre hopes to find the remains of her grandfather, a farmer from Cullera shot and buried in the fosse 126 of the Paterna cemetery. "He is not yet identified," she lamented, so she pointed out that today is a "bittersweet" day for her and a "celebration" for her mates. "I will keep waiting and fighting until I find my grandfather," she said. "And keep going, because ultimately it is important to close this wound and commemorate my grandmother and my mother, so they can have with them the remains of my grandfather," she indicated.

Furthermore, the event held at the General Cemetery of València, with the presence of several republican flags and posters with slogans like 'Remember the past to dignify history', 'Neither forgetfulness nor forgiveness: memory, justice, and reparation', began with a march to the beat of 'dulzainas i tabals', which led the attendees to the seventh right pit, "the only pit that remains untapped by niches and unexhumed."

In these terms has expressed the member of the Plataforma per la Memòria del País Valencià, Isabel Esteve, who, in statements to Europa Press, has pointed out that "in the first years of the post-war period, about 26,000 people were buried in pits in the cemetery." "They were on top of each other, without a coffin and without names," she emphasized.

Maria José Torres has come to the cemetery to pay tribute to her grandfather, who was shot in the municipality of Chinchilla de Montearagón in Albacete. "We found the bones, thanks to the insistence of my cousin, about five months ago, and now they are being analyzed," she said.

"My mother died with the sorrow that her father was buried in a mass grave like a little animal without a family," she recounted. "In my home, we never sought revenge, I want to make it clear that there was no hatred, we just want the right to recover our loved ones," she continued.

Also, Empar Peris has attended to "pay honor and eternal memory" to all the repressed with "all the love of her heart." "My uncle was shot in Ferrol (Galicia) and I came to the event to honor his memory because after finding his remains, we were able to bury him in a tomb, along with his other comrades who are also shot in the walls of the cemetery," she stated.

In this vein, Maria Joaquina Álvarez has participated for "all those who died in Franco's prisons for the simple fact of having done what was right," since, she argued, the government of the Second Republic was the one "that had legitimate power, democratically elected."

"Now, these little birds - she criticized, alluding to the new Consell - do not recognize that the time of the Republic was a democratic period, democratically elected, and that it ended with a coup d'état." For this reason, she admitted that she will "continue to take a stand" until "all the victims are taken out" of the pits and "buried with dignity."

Furthermore, in Oliva, the event 'Someone must remember freedom' was held, organized by the Associació per la Memòria Democràtica Progrés i Solidaritat of the locality, in remembrance of the victims of Francoism.