The Franco Family Begins To Reach The Valley Of The Fallen

Madrid, Oct. 24 (EFE) .- Francisco Franco's family began arriving on Thursday at the monumental complex of the Valley of the Fallen to attend the exhumation of the dictator's remains, which will later be transferred to a municipal cemetery in Madrid.

A total of 22 people in the family – the seven grandchildren, their spouses and the great-grandchildren – requested their presence in the act of exhumation in the Mausoleum of the Valley of the Fallen, built by Franco's desire after the Spanish Civil War and where he was buried after his death in 1975.

The relatives, who in their firm opposition to this process arrived unsuccessfully until the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court, arrive in three minibuses that have been collecting them at different points in Madrid and transferred to the Valley, located about 50 kilometers north of the capital.

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The process will begin at 10.30 local (08.30 GMT). Two of the grandchildren and the Minister of Justice, Dolores Delgado, will witness the exhumation, which will be carried out by several specialized workers and officials in the monument's basilica.

After the exhumation, the remains will be transferred on the shoulders of relatives to a hearse, which will take them to a helicopter that in turn will transport them to the Mingorrubio cemetery, in El Pardo, a suburb of Madrid.

During the flight, of just 15 minutes, the coffin will be accompanied by the Minister of Justice and the greatest of the dictator's grandsons, Francis Franco, who has been the visible face of the family opposition to take Franco out of the mausoleum where he has been Buried almost 44 years.

The aircraft will land near the cemetery, from where the coffin will be transferred to the pantheon where Franco's widow, Carmen Polo, has been buried since 1988.

The whole process will be carried out between strict security measures to avoid taking and filtering images during the exhumation and reinhumation process, and also so that there are no political manifestations. EFE

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