Dictatorship links expunged in Javea School

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Dictatorship links expunged

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. 

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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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Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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