In Memory of the Slain

MOT Desbandá 2019Living in Spain you get to see a whole array of flags, from the Spanish one, the regional one and even the municipal one, but there is one more…

There’s the Republican flag, which was carried by dozens of people this weekend amongst those that took part in the remembrance acts for the 1937 Desbandá.

The XIII Commemoration March left the work-union building in Motril at 10.00h, in the centre of Motril, to take them on the same steps as the refugees fleeing from the advancing facist troops along the N-340.

The Motril marchers went to the bridge over Río Guadalfeo near the mouth where a plaque was erected in memory of that tragic event. There they met up with fellow marchers from Almuñécar and even as far away as Málaga, to call for justice for the victims of Franco.

Eighty-two years ago, refugees had struggled along that same road, strafed from the air by the German Condor Legion, bombarded by heavy Spanish cruisers from just out to sea and chased Italian tanks and Moorish infantry.

It is calculated that some 300,000 people fled along what was to become known as the Road of Death, with between 5,000 and 10,000 of them losing their lives, a prelude to the horror of the coming Second World War.

On the same day is this commemorative act in Motril, the right-wing parties, amongst them the extreme right, pro-Franco, Vox, were demonstrating in Madrid (bearing hundreds of Spanish flags) against the Central Government’s attempt to reach an agreement with the Catalan separatists.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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