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(en) in remembrance, BUENAVENTURA DURRUTI

From Recollection Books <recall@eskimo.com>
Date Thu, 21 Nov 2002 07:53:02 -0500 (EST)


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We remember, today, in 1936, is the date of death of
one-time bookseller

          BUENAVENTURA DURRUTI
          Anarchist theorist & warrior,
          prominent in Cuban & Mexican struggles,
          & the Spanish Revolution 1936; bookstore owner
          500,000 attend his funeral.

                          We have it here

                growing in our hearts, as

                your comrade said, and when

                we give it up with our last

                breaths someone will gasp

                it home to their lives.

                - Philip Levine

                    Durruti's body was taken to Barcelona,
where he was buried in a ceremony
                    attended by  200,000-500,000 people.

                    His total belongings, when he died, were
a few clothes, two pistols,
                    sunglasses & a pair of binoculars.


                    Durruti was a member of "Los
Justicieros" & "Los Solidarios", who fought
                    against the pistoleros of the capitalist
employers & the clergy. But the groups
                    were decimated by repression, leaving
only Jover, Ascaso & Garcia & himself.
                    They fled to France & began the
"International Bookshop."

                    Durruti went also to Cuba, Mexico, Peru,
Chile, Argentina, Uruguay & then was
                    involved in a plot against King Alphonse
XIII. Eventually arrested, Spain &
                    Argentina tried to extradite them, but
they were successfully defended by
                    Anarchist Union & Louis Lecoin. Released
& expelled, they went to Belgium,
                    Luxembourg, Switzerland, & Germany
before slipping clandestinely back into
                    France.

                    In Spain, when Franco & the military
attempted to overthrow the Republican
                    government, Durruti participated in an
attack on the military garrison of
                    Barcelona, where Ascaso was killed. On
July 23 he formed the column which
                    bears his name & defeated the fascists
in Aragon, where the liberated
                    peasants & workers reorganized
themselves into anarchist collectives.

                    Attempts to liberate Saragossa failed
for lack of weapons & the Durruti
                    column was then asked to defend Madrid,
now threatened by the fascists. It is
                    here that Durruti is killed, apparently
from a stray bullet to the lung.

Dedicated page for this fine bookseller, based on Peter
Newell's Freedom article,
in the anarchist Encyclopedia,

http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/Encyclopedia/Durruti.htm

--- David Brown,
Recollection Used Books


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