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Tefía will be a Place of Historical Memory

Tefía will be a Place of Historical Memory for the repression during the fascist dictatorship.

The Minister of Territorial Policy and Democratic Memory, Ángel Víctor Torres, announced today that the proceedings will be opened to declare the prison of Tefía, where people were tortured during the Franco regime for their LGTBI condition, and the Sima de Jinámar, a volcanic tube in Gran Canaria into which the dead were thrown, as Places of Memory. of recovery, of dignity, of freedom and of democracy."

The Colonia Agrícola Penitenciaria de Tefía was a concentration camp during the Franco dictatorship, located in the village of Tefía, belonging to the municipality of Puerto del Rosario on the island of Fuerteventura. Active between 1954 and 1966, it served for the confinement of common and political prisoners, and for the re-education of male homosexuals.

Under the Vagrants and Criminals Act of 1954, homosexuals and transsexuals were confined in so-called "workplaces" and "penal agricultural colonies," veritable concentration camps for forced labor, where they were subjected to inhumane conditions, labor to exhaustion, beatings and other corporal punishment, and starvation.

Ángel Víctor Torres, who visited one of the graves in Tenoya, invited by the mayor of Arucas, Juan Jesús Facundo, and together with Pino Sosa, president of the Association for Historical and Democratic Memory of Arucas, recalled that "in this 'well of oblivion' there are 15 people, of which 7 have already been identified".

Thanks to Arucas

The minister wanted his first act as Minister of Democratic Memory to be in Arucas, "together with Pino Sosa, who knocked on the door of the City Hall 20 years ago when I was mayor to show that there were men and women murdered and buried for defending freedom and democracy, to make us see to the public administrations that to defend coexistence, Present and future democracy, recovering those who gave their lives so that we can express our opinions freely today and only with words as a weapon, was very important. We would never have made it to this day without her, so for me today is a very special day."

He also thanked the presence of the entire municipal corporation at the event: "The presence of the entire corporation together with the mayor symbolizes that different parties extend their hand in the defense of our historic recovery".

Promotion of the Law of Democratic Memory

Ángel Víctor Torres has pledged to promote the Law of Democratic Memory in this Legislature and has stressed that the Canary Islands and Navarre are the two communities that, in collaboration with the Secretary of State for Democratic Memory, have made the most progress in locating and identifying mass graves and wells that housed the remains of democratic women and men and has also taken the opportunity to recognize the work that has been carried out from all over the world. the institutions of the Canary Islands.

The minister today visited one of the 36 wells or graves located in the Canary Islands, in fifteen municipalities, where 99 victims of the civil war were buried.

The grave he has visited in Tenoya, together with the mayor of Arucas, is one of the "wells of oblivion", where 15 people are buried, of whom 7 have already been identified.

Ángel Víctor Torres stressed that, "as minister, I will strive for the development of the law and inter-administrative coordination. The policy of search, location and identification is a State policy and the Law of Democratic Memory reflects that it will be promoted by the State, but in coordination with the other public administrations".

The minister reiterated that the law is based on complying with human rights and the dignity of people.
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