Spanish anarchists, meeting in Barcelona for the first time in nearly 40 years, packed into one of the town's parks to hear a former government minister attack the present Communist leader, Santiago Carrillo.
Spanish anarchists, meeting in Barcelona for the first time in nearly 40 years, packed into one of the town's parks to hear a former government minister attack the present Communist leader, Santiago Carrillo. The criticism of Mr. Carrillo was made by Mrs. Frederica Montseny.
SYNOPSIS: It was the first time the anarchists had assembled in the north-eastern port of Barcelona since the end of the 1936-1939 civil war. The anarchist movement (C.N.T), claims a membership of 200,000, and about half that number were at the rally. Their speaker, Mrs. Montseny, was a minister of health in one of republican war cabinets. That was before General Franco's victory in 1939 and she has been in exile until about three months ago. She was the only female minister in her day.
Mrs. Montseny's attack on the Communist leader was a bitter one. She accused Mr. Carrillo of being more of a monarchist than the monarchists themselves. Until recently the anarchist C.N.T. workers' movement was banned in Spain, having been legalised only five weeks before the June 15 elections. Their present rally was to celebrate the dissolution of the Franco regime only two days before hand.
Announcing their presence, the C.N.T. also disapproved of the recent elections which they consider were unfair. In fact they do not believe in elections at all, rather in worker based decisions free of leadership. Barcelona was the main anarchist stronghold before the civil war and in May 1937 saw a bloody battle with the Communists.