The plenary session of the Madrid City Council has declined this Tuesday, with the votes against PP, Ciudadanos and Vox, changing the name of six streets that allude to the Franco dictatorship, as the municipal groups of Más Madrid and PSOE had proposed in a joint initiative.
It has been in a "complicated" vote by show of hands, in the words of the secretary of the municipal plenary session, where the Municipal Corporation has finally refused to change the name of the General Millán Astray street to Maestra Justa Freire street, Calle Crucero de Baleares by Calle Barco Sinaia or Avenida de los Hermanos García Noblejas by Avenida de la Institución Libre de Enseñanza.
It has also been prevented from changing the name of Calle Caídos de la División Azul to Calle Memorial March 11, 2004, that of the Cirilo Martín Martin roundabout to Ramón Gaya Roundabout, and the name of Algabeno street to José Rizal street. .
Before the proposal was rejected, the deputy spokesperson for Más Madrid in the capital's City Council, Cuca Sánchez, asked Ciudadanos for "coherence" in their vote and assessed that the intention of the initiative, written entirely by the Maestra platform Justa Freire, is aimed at extolling values such as "tolerance" or "inclusion".
According to Sánchez, it was about "intelligence and reason" returning to the streets of Madrid in order to give a teacher the name of a street, while "we cannot forget that Madrid does not have any streets" with the name of a teacher
After the rejection of the rights, the deputy spokesperson for Más Madrid has expressed her "disappointment" with Ciudadanos, whom she has accused of "turning her back" on the neighborhood platforms that have prepared the proposal, present at the municipal headquarters.
In keeping with this vision, the socialist councilor Ramón Silva has also asked the PP and Ciudadanos for “coherence”, putting himself “on the side of the Democrats and not the Franco supporters”, and has challenged the parties that make up the government coalition to leave to submit "to the demands of the extreme right".
In the opinion of the councilors of the right-wing municipal groups, the proposal of Más Madrid and PSOE has a "civil war" connotation, "revanchist" and contributes to the "perverse use of the past" and thus they have justified their rejection.
The mayor of the PP Borja Fanjul has said that his party is not going to do "politics" with any law and has commented that the proposal of the left-wing municipal groups "breaks the principle of legality."
Fanjul has defended that "this is not about the streets" but about the "grim feeling that leads them to dig up the dead".
For her part, the Councilor for Citizens Silvia Saavedra has asked that the Municipal Corporation focus on "solving the problems of the people of Madrid", and has accused Más Madrid and PSOE of "awakening old ghosts of the past".
The Vox spokesman, Javier Ortega Smith, has also understood it this way, for whom the local left-wing formations show "a civil-war obsession" and has indicated that Más Madrid and the PSOE "would love to return" to the time of "the reds and blues”.
At another point, the councilor of Chamberí, Javier Ramírez (PP), has assured that the plates of Largo Caballero and Indalecio Prieto have not yet been replaced because the judicial sentence that orders it "is not a final sentence" as it is appealed by the City of Madrid.
A ruling, this time from the Contentious-Administrative Court number 1 of Madrid, challenged on October 10 the agreement of the Plenary Session of the City Council of the capital on September 29, 2020, which approved the withdrawal of the names of the Indalecio Prieto Boulevard and Francisco Largo Caballero Avenue, and the commemorative plaque of the latter in Chamberí.
"This way of proceeding, waiting for a sentence to be final, firm, to proceed with its execution is not new," he assured after being questioned by the mayor of the Mixed Group Luis Cueto.