The New Democratic Memory Law: a Discussion with Tom Wardle

Episode 40: The Future of Unidas Podemos The Sobremesa Podcast

Sorry this episode is a bit late but I have covid!Recorded two weeks ago, Nerea Fernández Cordero, Co-coordinadora at IU Exterior (Izquierda Unida), and political journalist  Eoghan Gilmartin join me to discuss the coalition party called Unidas Podemos. We talk about how it came to be and where it goes from here that their founding leader has left politics, and now that they are part of the first left wing coalition since the second republic. 
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In 2007, the Spanish government passed the historical memory law to address issues from the country’s past. Since then the law has been starved of funding and criticised as not going far enough regarding victims’ rights.

The new coalition government has put forward a new law named the Democratic Memory. This law will look at exhumations of mass graves, education, prosecutions, the removal of honors and medals that go against democracy and the Valley of the Fallen. It is set to be brought before parliament this week.

Tom Wardle joined me to discuss the proposals.

For a full and clear breakdown of the proposed law, then look here

If you want to know more about the historical memory movement, then listen to my previous interview with Tom.

I would also recommend watching the documentary The Silence of Others.

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