Friday, 31 August 2007

Civil war memorial stolen by fascists

In a remarkably display of co-ordination, brute strength and determination, Francoist neo-fascists have stolen a mural (1) who died fighting for the Spanish republic in the civil war:
A monument to the British dead at one of the bloodiest encounters of the Spanish civil war has been torn down and carried away by rightwing extremists.

The monument is a huge stone plaque to 90 British volunteers in the International Brigades who were killed during the Battle of the Ebro.

The plaque names each of those who died while defending Republican Spain against a rightwing military uprising. "They died fighting for the liberty of Spain," it says.

Now the spot where it had stood for two years has been covered in graffiti left by the present-day supporters of the extreme right Falange party. "The Falange is still fighting," reads the graffiti in large red letters. (2)
Re-fighting yesterday's battles is one thing, but making war on the memorials of yesterday's battles is quite absurd. I'm actually quite pleased that fascist scum can't think of anything better to do with their time - stealing a large stone plaque located in an out of the way spot at night takes time and effort, and there ar efar more unpleasant or worrying things they could have done with their time. Still intelligence isn't a trait associated with the fascism.

The people who erected the plaque have said they'll put it back up, as many times as necessary (3). This is good. History is important. This incident might have the comic - almost pathetic -element identified by Marx when significant events are repeated (4), but this should be though of as an overly-ambitious student prank. Even comical pathetic fascist bastards are still capable of great wickedness, and their potential for evil should not be dismissed.
1 - "Civil war monument to British volunteers stolen," by Giles Tremlett in the Guardian, 31st of August, 2007. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/spain/article/0,,2159549,00.html)
2 - ibid.
3 - ibid.
4 - "The 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon," by Karl Marx, 1852. (
http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1852/18th-brumaire/ch01.htm)

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