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International Brigades descendants to be offered Spanish citizenship

DESCENDANTS of International Brigades volunteers who fought against fascism in the Spanish civil war are set to be offered Spanish citizenship.

The offer is part of a draft Bill that aims to correct the remaining legacy of the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.

Between 1936 and 1939 about 35,000 volunteers from around the world, including 2,500 from Britain, went to Spain to fight against an armed uprising by nationalist troops loyal to Franco. 

Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias confirmed on Tuesday that the descendants of the International Brigades that “fought for the liberty and against fascism in Spain” would be eligible for citizenship.

“Now is the time to say from this government to these heroes and heroines: thanks for coming,” he said.

International Brigade Memorial Trust president Jim Jump told the i newspaper: “We are delighted. It honours the descendants who have kept up the memories of their relatives who went to Spain to fight fascism. It comes at an important time when Spain tries to deal with its past.”

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