Spain

2006: Interview with a CNT striker at Mercadona

A 2006 interview with a CNT member on strike in Barcelona.

Peirats J. Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution

Written by a lifelong member of the CNT, this is the most comprehensive, critical history of the Spanish Civil War and the role played in it by the CNT-FAI, the anarcho-syndicalists and anarchists. Beginning with an overview of the Spanish working class movement stretching back to the 19th Century and ending with the defeat of the revolution this should be required reading.

1997: CGT conference in Spain

A reportback by Guy Cheverton of a conference of the Spanish syndicalist union, the CGT. We do not necessarily agree with some of the points made, but reproduce for reference.

Solidaridad Obrera: another way of understanding anarcho-syndicalism

A description of Solidaridad Obrera, a split from the Spanish CGT, by one of its members.

1936-37: the war in Spain exposes anarchism's fatal flaws

An article on anarchism in Spain in the 1930s (the first of two) - the most recent addition to the ICC’s long-running series ‘Communism is not just a nice idea’ by the left communist International Communist Current. We do not agree with all of it but reproduce it for reference.

Ready for Revolution : The CNT Defense Committees in Barcelona, 1933-1938. [Book Review]

A review of Agustin Guillamon's "Ready for Revolution" on the Spanish anarchist defence committees, assessing its relevance to today's revolutionaries.

“Castro turned his back on anti-Francoists”: interview with Octavio Alberola - Aitor Azurki

An interview with ‘Interior Defence’ (D.I.) organiser Octavio Alberola in Basque journal Argia by Aitor Azurki, translated by Paul Sharkey, where he talks about how the Cuban communist leaders turned their backs on the Spanish resistance and maintained good relations with right-wing dictator General Franco.

Ascaso Abadía, Francisco, 1901-1936

Ascaso on the Ramblas, Barcelona, on July 20, 1936

A very brief biography of leading Spanish anarcho-syndicalist militant, Francisco Ascaso, who was killed on the dawn of the Spanish revolution.

Torres Escartín, Rafael, 1901-1939

Members of the Los Solidarios group

A short biography of Rafael Torres Escartín, a Spanish anarchist pastry cook who was active in the anarcho-syndicalist CNT union and Los Solidarios action group.

Electoral Insubordination – Miguel Amorós

A personal appeal in favor of civil disobedience in response to the Spanish electoral law (which does not prohibit abstention, but rather the refusal to serve as a poll supervisor if you are selected to perform that civic duty), with quotations from Bakunin, Thoreau and Etienne de La Boëtie, reminding us that “when you hear the word ‘democracy’, what they are really talking about is parliamentarism, the political form best adapted to the dominance of oligarchic interests”, rather than “assembly-based democracy”.