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Monologue about the repression of the LGTBIQ+ communit

'My name is Octavio García', a monologue about the repression of the LGTBIQ+ community during the Franco regime.

The text adapts the testimony of one of the survivors of the Tefía concentration camp in Fuerteventura

Repair memory to dignify the present. 'My name is Octavio García', a monologue that deals with the repression of the LGTBIQ+ community during the Franco regime, will travel through several islands with the testimony of one of the survivors of the Agricultural Colony of Tefía. This Francoist concentration camp, located in Fuerteventura, was intended for people convicted under the Law of Vagrants and Criminals, mostly for reasons of sexual orientation. It can be seen in the two universities, as well as in the capital of Gran Canaria, in the Tenerife municipality of Icod de los Vinos, and in Tefía itself, in Fuerteventura.

The text, by Víctor M. Ramírez, was created from interviews with Octavio García, an inmate of Tefía between 1955 and 195, and from the study of the archives of other victims, and shows the bloody reality that was lived in space. These sessions have been organised by the Government of the Canary Islands, through the ICDC's Diversity, Equality and Culture programme, and at the end of each of them there will be a colloquium with the public, in which some of the most important aspects of the history of sexual dissidence in the Canary Islands will be addressed.

The monologue will be performed in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Monday 11 December, at 17:00 p.m., in the ULPGC's Humanities Lecture Hall and on Thursday 14, at 18:00 p.m., in the Plaza de la Música. It can be seen in Tenerife on Tuesday 12, at 16:00 p.m., in the Aula Magna of the Guajara Campus, and on Wednesday 20, at 19:00 p.m., in the Chapel of the Magdalena in Icod de los Vinos. The last session will be in Fuerteventura, at the Tefía Hostel, the scene of the Events, on Thursday 21 at 18:00 p.m. Admission is free until full capacity is reached in the five spaces.

'My name is Octavio García' is a production of the Theater Group of the University of La Laguna, with text by Víctor M. Ramírez, direction by José Antonio Ramos Arteaga and interpretation by Adán Rocío Palmero. "The meaning of all this work is that of historical reparation, and healing, since it allows us to see these similarities between the processes of Francoism and the current homophobic violence in our own reality, as well as in countries in the legal systems," says Ramos Arteaga.

Octavio García (1931-2018) was one of those imprisoned in the Colonia Agrícola de Tefía. Judged by the Special Court of Vagrants and Criminals of Las Palmas, his figure represents the main archive for the historical knowledge of this episode in the history of repression against homosexuals in the Canary Islands.
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