• Short Summary

    GENERAL VALENTIN GONZALES, "EL CAMPESINO", A PEASANT LEADER WHOSE EXPLOITS AT THE HEAD OF A REPUBLICAN DIVISION IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR ARE LEGEND, WHO IS KNOWN NOW AS A LEADER OF THE ANTI-FRANCO MOVEMENT, IS NOW IN "COMPULSORY RESIDENCE" ON THE ISLE OF BREHAT, OFF THE COTE DU NORD, FRANCE.

  • Description

    GENERAL VALENTIN GONZALES, "EL CAMPESINO", A PEASANT LEADER WHOSE EXPLOITS AT THE HEAD OF A REPUBLICAN DIVISION IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR ARE LEGEND, WHO IS KNOWN NOW AS A LEADER OF THE ANTI-FRANCO MOVEMENT, IS NOW IN "COMPULSORY RESIDENCE" ON THE ISLE OF BREHAT, OFF THE COTE DU NORD, FRANCE.

    SEVERAL MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY HAVE BEEN SHOT, AND HE HIMSELF HAS BEEN UNDER SENTENCE OF DEATH MANY TIMES. SINCE THE END OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR "EL CAMPESINO" HAS SPENT HIS TIME MOSTLY IN PRISON, IN EXILE, OR UNDER HOUSE ARREST.

    THE EXILE TO THE ISLE OF BREHAT FOLLOWED A RAID WHICH HE WAS SAID TO HAVE INSPIRED IN AUGUST ON RONCEVALLES, IN THE SPANISH PYRENEES, IN WHICH TWO CIVIL GUARDS WERE KILLED. EARLIER THIS YEAR HE WAS SAID TO HAVE WRITTEN TO HEADS OF WESTERN GOVERNMENTS, INCLUDING GENERAL DE GAULLE INFORMING THEM THAT "OPERATIONS TO LIBERATE SPANISH TERRITORY HAVE OFFICIALLY BEGUN".

    HIS RESTRICTION ON THE ISLAND, WHERE HE HAS BEEN SENT BY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT, IS SIMILAR TO THE ACTION BY SPAIN IN CONTROLLING THE MOVEMENT OF O.A.S. LEADER LAGAILLARDE.

    LIFE ON BREHAT FOR THE GENERAL IS IDLE, HIS MAIN OCCUPATIONS BEING GARDENING, AND THE DRAFTING OF HIS MEMOIRS, ONE VOLUME OF WHICH HAS ALREADY BEEN PUBLISHED CALLED "LIFE AND DEATH".

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    Film ID:
    VLVABEL1J6RFN5TM679Z7W8SQVG4F
    Media URN:
    VLVABEL1J6RFN5TM679Z7W8SQVG4F
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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