History records cases of exhumations, secret burials and even stolen corpses
The controversy over the proposal to exhume the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco from his mausoleum in "Vale dos Caídos" raises the question of how various countries have dealt with the remains of dictators, autocrats or other controversial public figures.
The answer varies according to the maintenance or not of the political status quo at the time of the deaths of these personalities. Later changes in the political landscape often raise questions about whether the treatment given to the deceased is have appropriate and could lead to exhumations and new burials under less laudatory conditions, as in the case of Spain.
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