I couldn’t face the “state” funeral of Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday, not after such a short time since the death of my dad, who was for the first half of his long and hardworking life a South Wales coal miner deep “down the pit” in Cwmgrach, and one of the “enemies within,” as the former prime minister put it.
Baltasar Garzon, the Spanish judge made famous for probing into abuses committed under dictator Gen. Francisco Franco and for going after notorious international figures like Osama bin Laden and Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, has been suspended in preparation for a trial in which he is accused of overstepping his authority. The court case comes after a wave of complaints from far-right groups.
An acclaimed Spanish judge has ordered the unearthing of some of the unmarked graves of the tens of thousands who were killed during the first two decades of Gen. Francisco Franco’s fascist rule of Spain, formally declaring the repression by Franco and associates as a “crime against humanity.”
A group of American veterans from the Spanish Civil War recently gathered to commemorate their fight against fascism before it was a popular cause. They fought for freedom and civil liberties, and they have a few words to say about our current morass.