Mass graves from Franco era become Spanish election issue

Spaniards are divided over whether or not to exhume bodies and provide a proper burial for some of the tens of thousands summarily executed by Gen. Francisco Franco's forces during and after the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War.

A small number of victims' descendants have already been promised provincial funds for DNA tests to confirm that their ancestors were tossed into a mass grave at Paterna Cemetery in Valencia.

But the campaign for Spain national election on April 28 has exposed a left-right ideological divide and some Spaniards worry they may lose the chance to recover their dead.

The far-right Vox party wants to scrap efforts to exhume and identify Franco's victims.

Experts say an estimated 114,000 bodies are still hidden in 2,500 mass graves in Spain.