Callosa de Segura residents allowed to maintain their vigil over the controversial cross
The fight goes on to save the monumental cross in Callosa which was erected as a Francoist memorial
The daily sit-in vigil which is being has been staged by residents of Callosa de Segura in the Plaza de España will be allowed to continue at least until 31st March, allowing participants to continue calling for a reversal of the Town Hall’s decision to remove the controversial cross which stands there.
The cross was erected under General Franco’s regime as a monument to those who fell during the Civil War, and as such it is viewed by some as a glorification of the dictatorship and therefore an item to be removed under the terms of the Historical Memory Law of 2007. However, last year parish priest Juan Bautista Samper took the law into his own hands and removed commemorative plaques from the pedestal or plinth on which the cross stands.
This made it possible for him and others in the town to campaign for it to continue in place on the grounds that it is now a purely religious symbol rather than a political one.
Since then the residents have been vociferous in their campaign to protect the cross, but the Town Hall had requested that they move their protest to an alternative location between 25th February and 12th March in order to allow work to take place in the square.
This they refused to do, and they have now received the support of the central government delegation in the province of Alicante, allowing them to maintain their daily vigil.
In the meantime, the platform group which is defending the cross of Callosa has filed a complaint against the Town Hall alleging that the proposal to remove the monument constitutes an infringement of the right to religious freedom.