Switzerland

How accessible is your revolution? (Reflections on St. Imier)

From 8th to 12th August this year thousands of anarchists from all over the globe gathered in St. Imier, Switzerland to mark the 140th anniversary of the first anarchist International in 1872. The event included talks, discussions, a book fair and concerts. Staines Anarchists were well represented at the gathering with 12 members attending. The account below is from one of our members.

Sam Mainwaring and the Autonomist Tradition

Next year (1987) marks the centenary of the first, August 1887, Socialist propaganda tour of Pontypridd, the Rhondda Fach, Aberdare and Merthyr by Samuel Mainwaring, a London based engineer.

Minnig, Albert, 1911-1968

A short biography of Albert Minnig, Swiss anarchist volunteer in Spain

Dumartheray, Francois, 1842-1931

Friend: Peter Kropotkin

A short biography of possibly the founder of anarchist communism, Francois Dumartheray of France.

1932: The Geneva Massacre

Communist paper headline from the time

An account of the shooting of over 100 people by the Swiss army at an anti-fascist demonstration.

Thalmann, Clara, 1910-1987

Portrait of Clara Thalmann from a photo taken in 1953.

A biography of Swiss anarchist Clara Thalmann, who travelled to Spain to fight in the Durruti Column in the Civil War.

Tronchet, Lucien, 1902-1981

Lucien Tronchet

A short biography of Swiss building worker, labour organiser and anarcho-syndicalist Lucien Tronchet.

Boesiger, Andre, 1913-2005

Andre Boesiger

The biography of a veteran Swiss anarchist militant