A memorial pole marks the 85th anniversary of ‘La Desbandá’
A cultural and hiking association based in Nerja will organize a march from February 3 to 12 to remember those who lost their lives in the atrocities of February 1937
This month of February will mark the 85th anniversary of “La Desbandá”, one of the most tragic episodes of the civil war in Malaga. Thousands of families attempted to flee to Almeria after Franco’s troops captured the city of Malaga in 1937, and the horrors that followed left many dead along the way.
In response to the request of the Asociación Sociocultural and Club Senderista ‘La Desbandá’, the town hall of Nerja has placed a commemorative pole to coincide with the 85th anniversary. It was installed, with prior authorization from the Junta de Andalucía, at the exit of the bridge over the Barranco de Maro ravine, in the Maro-Cueva de Nerja area.
It is one of the stretches of the road from Malaga to Almeria, the old N-340, which was declared an Andalusian Site of Historical Memory by the Junta de Andalucía in 2012 to mark the tragedy, when between 3,000 and 5,000 people were killed in the army. operations along the route from Malaga to Almeria during the Spanish Civil War.
Monday’s event brought together the mayor of Nerja, José Alberto Armijo, and the provincial delegate of the Asociación Sociocultural et Club Senderista La Desbandá, David Franco. They were accompanied by the councilor for education and culture of Nerja, Gema Laguna, and councilors José Juan Aído and Andrés Jiménez.
This landmark is part of a series the group hopes to install along the route it follows on its annual memorial walk. This year’s march will take place from February 3 to 12, when the association will cover, in different stages, the distance between Malaga and Almeria.
The association will organize a program of events to remember the thousands of people who lost their lives in the province of Malaga fleeing Franco’s invasion in February 1937.