First exhumation in post-election Spain

November 22, 2011

Nicomedes Fernández. Photo courtesy of the ARMH

A day after the landslide conservative victory in Spain’s general elections on Sunday, the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory (ARMH) has announced the discovery of the remains of Nicomedes Fernández, miner from the town of Nerva (Huelva) who was killed in February 1938 at age 34. The new government of Mariano Rajoy, leader of Spain’s Partido Popular, is widely expected to revisit the 2007 Law of Historical Memory, and drastically cut the modest subsidies granted by the Socialist Zapatero government in support of exhumation efforts undertaken by the ARMH and other similar organizations.