Spain

The Return of the Public Order Tribunals – Revista Argelaga

An analysis of the recent totalitarian trends in Spain in the legislative and judicial domains, as exemplified by a recent (2015) Supreme Court verdict sentencing several people to three years in prison for peacefully protesting in front of a government building in June 2011, discussing the continuity between Franco’s Spain and “today’s parliamentary regime”, the myth of “popular sovereignty”, and the concept of “despotism” in its contemporary guise.

Anarchy in the navy - Peter E Newell

Republican sailors playing musical instruments on board battleship Jaime I

Article responding to the frequent historical criticism of anarchism that a ship could not be run without hierarchy, using the example of sailor-run ships during the Spanish Civil War.

The historical significance of the POUM - Wilebaldo Solano

In this text based on a presentation delivered in 1985 at a conference on the POUM held in Madrid, the former leader of the Iberian Communist Youth, and the last general secretary of the POUM, reviews the history of the POUM and discusses the background of its leading militants in anarchosyndicalism and Spanish communism, its leading role in the founding of the Workers Alliance and the October 1934 insurrection in Asturias, it founding in 1935, the Popular Front and the February 1936 elections, its fight against Stalinist repression and its persecution under the Negrín government during the civil war, and the fates of the party’s militants underground and in exile.

Revolution and counterrevolution in Catalonia - Carlos Semprún Maura

First published in France in 1974, a “critical analysis of the bureaucratization of the CNT, with regard to both the political as well as the economic terrain”, bureaucratization which the author claims was “total and complete”, with discussions of certain historical turning points and watershed moments (e.g., the militarization of the militias, the May Events and the overthrow of the Council of Aragon), and extensive passages quoted from eyewitness accounts (e.g., Marcel Ollivier’s Les journées sanglantes de Barcelone), newspaper articles and official documents that have not previously appeared in English translation.

Unknown heroes: biographies of anarchist resistance fighters - Miguel Garcia

A set of short biographies of anarchists who fought in the guerrilla resistance against General Franco's military dictatorship in the wake of the Spanish Civil War.

The life style of Buenaventura Durruti

A short pamphlet by the Kate Sharpley Library about the life of Spanish anarchist revolutionary Buenaventura Durruti, published in 1994.

The anarchist resistance to Franco: biographical notes - Antonio Tellez

Sabate in the Pyrenees, false colour

A great collection of short biographies and photographs of people who fought in the underground resistance to General Franco's military dictatorship.

4F: Something smells rotten in Barcelona - Revista Argelaga

An article written in January 2015 on the occasion of the TV broadcast of a documentary film entitled "Ciutat Morta" (Dead City), about a spectacular case of police brutality and judicial malfeasance in Barcelona, discussing the “new repressive foundations of capitalist society” being laid in the “modern urban agglomerations” that are being turned into “enormous malls and theme parks” and “museums for tourists”, where a militarized urban police force is enforcing an authoritarian campaign of “zero tolerance” social cleansing against picketing strikers, immigrants, squatters, panhandlers and all “recalcitrant elements whose presence constitutes an annoyance for … shoppers and tourists”.

The CNT in the Spanish revolution, volume 2

Second volume of José Peirats' extensive work on the Spanish anarchist union the CNT, which in this volume focuses on the battles raging at both the front and rear guards. Additionally, a biographical chapter, "The Life and Struggles of José Peirats" gives a great deal of insight into this CNT fighter and historian.

Some reflections from the Red and Black Coordination meeting in Madrid

Some short interviews with participants of a Red and Black Coordination meeting in Spain during 2014.