The image: ERC, Podemos and Bildu leave Congress when Vox refers to Puig Antich

The ERC deputies who were present in the chamber of Congress during the debate on the Democratic Memory Law have left the Plenary Hall after the Vox deputy Francisco José Contreras assured from the rostrum that Salvador Puig Antich, executed by garrote On March 2, 1974, and a symbol of Franco's repression, he was not sentenced to death for being an "anarchist", but for "killing a policeman".

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The image: ERC, Podemos and Bildu leave Congress when Vox refers to Puig Antich

The ERC deputies who were present in the chamber of Congress during the debate on the Democratic Memory Law have left the Plenary Hall after the Vox deputy Francisco José Contreras assured from the rostrum that Salvador Puig Antich, executed by garrote On March 2, 1974, and a symbol of Franco's repression, he was not sentenced to death for being an "anarchist", but for "killing a policeman".

The deputies of United We Can, EH Bildu and ERC have left this Thursday the plenary session of the Congress of Deputies as a sign of protest at the beginning of Vox's intervention in the debate on the Democratic Memory law.

Vox deputy Francisco José Contreras pointed out at the beginning of his speech during the debate on the bill that Salvador Puig Antich, whom ERC had mentioned in his speech, "was executed not for being an anarchist but for having killed a police officer" . Puig Antich was executed by garrote on March 2, 1974 and is one of the symbols of the last phase of Franco's repression.

The words of Contreras have led the deputies of United We Can, EH Bildu and ERC to leave the plenary session -the latter party has announced its abstention from the law-, while the deputies of Vox have applauded their partner at length and standing at the end of his speech.

The deputy spokesperson for the ERC, Carolina Telechea, who had precisely read Antich's writings during her speech in the same debate, has interpreted the words of the Vox deputy as a "justification for the murder" of the young anti-Francoist. "That is a crime, it is an apology for Francoism," she added. "We are not going to share space with the heirs of Francoism," Telechea proclaimed, already in the corridor, after leaving the hemicycle with her colleagues.

During the debate, right-wing groups have harshly criticized the pact reached between the PSOE coalition government and United We Can with EH Bildu to carry out this law after the pact to carry out several amendments.

The most controversial amendment agreed with EH Bildu, and to which reference has been made on a recurring basis in the interventions, contemplates the creation of a commission to study human rights violations between 1978 and the end of 1983 of people who have fought "for the consolidation of democracy" and that indicates "possible ways of recognition and reparation".

Previously, the PSOE and United We Can had included in the partial amendments jointly agreed the designation of this commission with the space somewhat more limited in time, from 1978 to December 31, 1982.

With the temporary extension of the commission's work, the year in which the GAL began, the dirty war against ETA, and the first year of Felipe González's government are included.

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