Che Guevara furore sees far right try to give Spaniards harsh history lesson

Madrid Letter: Vox victory with naming minor as Sánchez Bill tackles Franco-era abuse

Gen  Franco:  Sánchez’s coalition administration has taken another step towards tackling his legacy and that of the 1936-1939 civil war that preceded it, by unveiling its Democratic Memory Bill.  Photograph: Baron/Getty

Gen Franco: Sánchez’s coalition administration has taken another step towards tackling his legacy and that of the 1936-1939 civil war that preceded it, by unveiling its Democratic Memory Bill. Photograph: Baron/Getty

A sleepy, tree-filled corner of Zaragoza hardly brings to mind the exploits of Che Guevara, but the Marxist icon is at the centre of a bitter dispute in the northeastern Spanish city.

In 2019, the city’s centre-right local government agreed to change the name of a park and street in the Margen Izquierda district of Zaragoza that had been named after the Argentine-born Guevara, after lobbying by the far-right Vox party. Now, following several delays, it looks as if Calle Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara and Parque Che Guevara will finally lose their revolutionary monikers, after Vox threatened to withdraw its support for the local government if the promised change was not implemented.

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