The name game

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THE names of 46 streets and public spaces linked to Franco will be removed in Alicante. The city is removing all names with fascist connotations in line with the Historical Memory Law.

For example, a neighbourhood called Jose Antonio, named after the creator and leader of the Spanish Falange, a political party with a fascist ideology, will now be named after the Orihuela poet Miguel Hernandez.

The Department of Historical Memory has developed a list of roads names to be removed and the proposed name change which will include references to local culture, artists, athletes and journalists.

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The document of name changes was approved by the town hall and a budget of €20,000 has been assigned to process the replacing of signs.

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