Dolores Ibarruri - the legendary "La Pasionaria" of the Spanish civil war and President of the Spanish Communist Part -- made her first public speech on Sunday (22 May) since returning to Spain from 38 years in exile.
Dolores Ibarruri - the legendary "La Pasionaria" of the Spanish civil war and President of the Spanish Communist Part -- made her first public speech on Sunday (22 May) since returning to Spain from 38 years in exile. Senora Ibarruri addressed a crowd of over 10,000 people at a Communist Party rally in the Basque town of Bilbao, the day after another Communist rally in the Spanish capital, Madrid.
SYNOPSIS: At the Madrid rally, in a football ground in the suburb of San Blas, thousands of Party supporters heard Spanish poet Rafael Alberti make an impassioned plea to vote for the Party in next month's general election. Alberti spent 25 years in exile while the Communist Party was barred in Spain under the late General Franco.
The Communists are trying to present a moderate ??? democratic image for the election in a bid to win over voters. However, reports from Spain say some party leaders are embarrassed by Senora Ibarruri's return, as she has previously strongly supported the pro-Soviet Communist Party philosophy.
But neverthe??? was a tumultuous welcome ??? Senora Ibarruri as she walked out ??? front of the crowd in the Bilbao r ally. The 82-year-old Party leader earned her nickname "La Pasionaria", for her impassioned condemnations of General Franco.
In a ten-minute speech, she mentioned the Soviet Union, where she lived during her 38-year exile from Spain. She has said, in the past, that she does not support the so-called "Euro-Communism" which advocates a move away from the Soviet-dominated style of communism. In contrast, Santiago Carrillo, the Party Secretary-General, did not mention the Soviet Union in his speech. He reaffirmed the Spanish Communists' desire to follow a course towards democracy and freedom in Spain. But it is yet to be seen what support the party will get from the electors when they go to the polls on the 15th of June in the first free parliamentary elections for 41 years.