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Aug 13 2010 21:32
Galicia 1915

From the start of WW1, with notable exceptions, anarchist militants waged an anti-war/militarist campaign based upon class struggle and internationalist principles.

In 1915 the CNT hosted an international anti-war conference in the region of Galicia, despite government prohibition. A number of delegates were arrested, some jailed and foreign delegates were not allowed to enter the country. Including Malatesta and Faure.

My slim reference source to this event is Peirats Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution and Guerin's No Gods No Masters.

Are comrades able to supply further information on this conference.

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Aug 13 2010 22:15

Vadim Damier's "Anarcho-syndicalism in the 20th Century" says the following (p. 45):

"In 1915 an international antimilitarist congress was organized in the Spanish region of Galicia. It assembled not only many prominent Spanish working class anarchists (such as Angel Pestaña, M. Andreu, F. Miranda, L. Bouza, Eusebio Carbó, Eleuterio Quintanilla, and others), but also delegates from Portugal (notably M. J. de Sousa), France, England, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, and Cuba. At the meeting the question of an international general strike was discussed. The meeting also played an important role in renewing the Spanish CNT."

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Aug 17 2010 21:52

Thank you for that. Does Damier reference this information? I've not yet had a chance to see this work. For such a internationally flavoured congress, one would think there was more readily accessible information. I wonder who the delegate(s) was from England?

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Aug 17 2010 22:57

Damier refers to two articles published in the CNT's monthly magazine:

E. Fernandez, "El Congreso Internacional de la Paz de Ferrol (1915) y la refundacion de la CNT," CNT, 1999, no. 245 (Abril); no. 246 (Mayo).

Unfortunately the online archive of this periodical only goes back to May 2001.

A rather complete account of the conference can be found at http://www.memorialibertaria.org/valladolid/spip.php?article152

Here we learn there were 47 delegates; by my count 34 are mentioned by name. No English delegate is mentioned but several British groups endorsing the conference are listed.

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Aug 17 2010 23:31

The three numbers of the newspaper "Tierra and Libertad" (Land and Freedom) talking about the meeting:

http://www.cedall.org/Documentacio/Premsa%20Llibertaria/tierra%20y%20libertad/1910-1919/00256.pdf

http://www.cedall.org/Documentacio/Premsa%20Llibertaria/tierra%20y%20libertad/1910-1919/00257.pdf

http://www.cedall.org/Documentacio/Premsa%20Llibertaria/tierra%20y%20libertad/1910-1919/00259.pdf

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Aug 18 2010 21:14

Excellant,thankyou comrades.

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Jan 25 2011 15:40

Yes, the "English" delegates were in fact Spanish delegates from Wales!!
see http://libcom.org/history/spanish-anarchists-welsh-valleys