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50 years: Beyond the border

50 years: Beyond the border

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the closure of the border on June 8, 1969.

Spanish dictator General Franco had hoped Gibraltar would fall “like a ripe fruit”.

Instead, the closure hardened the resolve of the Gibraltarians to remain British and proved a pivotal point in the modern history of this community.

But the closure was a traumatic event that separated families and friends and resulted in thousands of citizens in La Linea having to emigrate in search of work.

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This week, the mayor of La Linea, Juan Franco, described the closure as “a human tragedy in every sense of the word”.

In today’s print and e-editions, we carry extensive coverage of the events of 1969, including interviews and reportage from both sides of the frontier, opinion and analysis, a reflective piece by Gibraltarian author Jackie Anderson, poetry, photographs and a historical article by Richard Garcia.

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