Spain’s Historical Memory Law forbids public places or entities from being named with references to Franco. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Workmen in Madrid removed street signs bearing names connected to the rule of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco Friday despite opposition from some in Spain who believe his legacy should be preserved. Madrid's city council said some 49 streets would be renamed over the coming days. In one working-class area of Madrid Friday, neon-clad workmen climbed ladders to take down place-names honoring General Romero Basart, a general who fought on the side of Franco during the Civil War, replacing them with a new name in honor of the 20th-century Spanish physicist Blas Cabrera.
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