JAVEA’S Vicente Tena school is changing its name and shaking off its associations with the Franco dictatorship.
According to the Historical Memory Law passed in October 2007, all symbols and links to the former regime must be removed from public buildings or places.
This includes the Vicente Tena school although according to local Spanish media sources, parents with children at the school were unable to explain the origin of the name.
Tena was a 19-year-old member of the neo-fascist Falange party who was shot in Teulada during the 1936-1939 Civil War.
He was one of the 106 Marina Alta residents killed by the Republicans during the War, although following Franco’s victory 1,905 local people were executed, imprisoned or purged in reprisals.
They were given until November 11 to submit ideas for a new name which will be evaluated by the School Council, the Municipal Committee and the town hall.
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