Motherwell: Memorial to the Scots who fought fascism in the disfigured Spanish Civil War


POLICE were informed after the vandalism of a memorial in honor of the Scots who fought fascism during the Spanish Civil War.

The Duchess of Hamilton Memorial in Motherwell Park was erected in 2012. An annual service is held in memory of the 40 North Lanarkshire volunteers who “gave up everything… for the sake of all advanced and progressive humanity”.

Images submitted to The National by a reader showed the memorial covered in graffiti indicating “Franco” and “vermin”, as well as fascist symbols.

A spokesperson for the North Lanarkshire Council said: “We strongly condemn this appalling and cowardly act of vandalism. We urge anyone with information to contact Police Scotland immediately. ”

Gillian Mackay, the Scottish Green MSP for central Scotland, has spoken out against vandalism.

“This graffiti appearing weeks before the annual commemorations is particularly insensitive,” she said. “Right-wing nature is worrying.

“I will be in touch with the park committee shortly to see what support they need.

“If anyone has any information on vandalism, contact them.”

Historian Ewan Gibbs added: “This disgusting attack on the memorial of those who left the mining villages and industrial towns of Lanarkshire to fight fascism in Spain appears to be the work of local 21st century fascists. I hope the monument can be restored.

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