75 years ago: May days, Barcelona

Bank note from the Generalitat de Catalunya, 1936.

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May 5

Luis Companys obtains a fragile truce between the different fighting groups, on the basis of which Rodriguez Salas, now blamed for the police action against the telephone central, has to resign. Communist commandos are still arresting people. Wikipedia

May 6

“Neutral” police troops from Valencia arrive in Barcelona to stop the fighting. The 5,000 Assault Guards (chosen more or less carefully for their political opinions, to ensure a “neutral” force and the trust of both sides) occupy several strategic points throughout the city. The workers abandon the barricades and the telephone central is handed over to the government. When the Assault Guards enter the city and passed by the central building of the anarchist CNT, several hundreds of them salute the black and red Anarchist flag on the building. Nevertheless, reprisals against the anti-Stalinist left are starting throughout the Republic.

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  1. 46 files worth of British Trades Union Congress archives relating to the Spanish Civil War are now online (www.warwick.ac.uk/go/scw), together with just over 100 publications from other collections (mostly revolutionary socialist and anarchist). These include various accounts of Barcelona in May 1937 (a search for ‘Barcelona events May’ should pick up a number of them) – ‘Barcelona Bulletin’ and the June issues of ‘Spain and the World’ are worth a look.

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