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The ultimate insult for Brit relative of Spanish Civil War victim

Wendy Williams, The Olive Press, 20-09-2011 | 21 septiembre 2011

A british expat – whose great grandmother’s grave was controversially dug up in July – is demanding answers from Spain’s Conservative leader

 

EXCLUSIVE By Wendy Williams

A BRITISH expat – whose great grandmother’s grave was controversially dug up in July – is demanding answers from Spain’s Conservative leader.

Yash Paul Gosain has written to PP boss Mariano Rajoy to ask why his local Tory mayor in Poyales del Hoyo, near Avila was allowed to  ‘desecrate’ the grave of his ancester, who was raped and murdered by fascists during the Spanish Civil War.

He is furious that heartless town hall vandals have ‘smashed to buggery’ the grave that was only finally dug a decade ago.

“My great-grandmother, Pilar Espinosa, was raped and killed along with two other women, Virtudes and Valeriana in 1936,” he told the Olive Press.

“They were then buried in a ditch where they remained ignored under fear of death for 66 years.

“We were finally able to recover their bodies and give them a decent burial in 2002.

“Then without warning to the other family members, on July 30 this year the mayor took it upon himself to have the memorial tomb destroyed, and dump the bodies in a common grave,” added Gosain.

According to Antonio Cerro, the recently elected PP mayor in Poyales del Hoyo, the tomb was dug up as a family member wished to move one of the remains to a family niche.

Then when the tomb was opened they discovered it full of water and therefore had to move the bodies to a new spot.

The incident has attracted local and national media coverage and sparked a protest that ended in chaos after a group of 40 demonstrators clashed with villagers, in a war of words and vicious threats.

“It was absolutely shocking,” explained Gosain. “I became the focal point for all the villagers anger but I’m not going anywhere till the legal dust of all this settles properly. I owe it to my great-grandmother.”

He hopes his letter to Conservative leader Rajoy will spur the PP party into demanding answers and ‘putting things right’.

http://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2011/09/20/the-ultimate-insult-for-brit-relative-of-spanish-civil-war-victim/