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I Francisco Franco and Ramón Serrano Suñer, ‘The Abolition of the Catalan Autonomy Statute’, Boletín Oficial del Estado, 8 April 1938

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One of the justifications used by the army officers for their rebellion against the Republic was that Spain was in danger of disintegration owing to separatism. The Spanish right wing's Castilian chauvinism and anti-autonomism had a long history. Hence, one of Franco's first commands, when he arrived in Catalonia on 3 April 1938, was to abolish the Catalan Autonomy Statute, which had been approved by the Republican Government in 1932. But the arrival of glorious military on Catalan territory poses a problem that is strictly administrative, that of determining the practical consequences of the statute's repeal. Consequently, it is important to re-establish a régime of public law that, in accordance with the principle of national unity, returns to the provinces the honour of being governed on equal footing with their sisters in the rest of Spain.

Keywords: anti-autonomism; Catalan Autonomy Statute; Franco; Republican Government



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