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Tuesday, 7 february 2012 | New York Times

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Letter to the Editor (New York Times)

In relation to the New York Times editorial of February 4th ("Truth on Trial in Spain"), we would like to recommend professor Susan Digiacomo´s comments about Mr. Garzón´s conduct in other cases.
We also believe, however, that by clearly denouncing the fact that Franco´s regime has never been put on trial the NYT put the finger on a fundamental flaw that still taints the present political system in Spain.


To the Editor:

"Truth on Trial in Spain" (editorial, February 4) rightly notes that the trial of Judge Baltasar Garzón is a "disturbing echo" of the Franco dictatorship, but also oversimplifies a more complex story. What is less well understood outside Spain is that Garzón has also used his considerable powers to criminalize freedom of expression and demonize dissent. To offer only two examples: In 1992, just before the Olympic Games opened in Barcelona, he ordered a roundup of supporters of Catalan self-determination and looked the other way when they were tortured by the police. In 1998 he became the first judge since the Franco dictatorship to close down a newspaper, the Basque daily Egin, alleging that its editorial position in favor of self-determination made it an instrument of terrorism. With his contradictory record on civil and human rights, Garzón embodies the contradictions of Spain's incomplete transition to democracy.

Susan M. DiGiacomo


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