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(en) France, fédération anarchiste - press release - Mr. Harlem Désir, a bit of history! (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:36:36 +0200


Historical ignorance or denial of history, about Harlem Désir, January 21, 2013 in Crossword on France 2 about the reception of Spanish refugees in 1939 is unacceptable. How dare to say that the Spaniards were proud of the solidarity of France? Comparing ---- gratitude to be that of Mali to France in 2013 to a presupposed gratitude Spanish Republicans in 1939 to address the same country that was friendly to them, Harlem Désir's remarks: "Just before this program, I was in Montreuil where we organized a meeting of solidarity with the people of Mali and I have seen men and women, many Malians in France, which were both worried for their country, as have be refugees, you know, Spaniards or others who have been admitted to France when their country was going through tragedies and wars, and at the same time were proud of the solidarity of France, who were relieved that were grateful. '

However, although in 1936 and 1937, there was a little solidarity with the Spanish Republicans in the Civil War, it was quickly interrupted by the leftist government.

The Anarchist Federation wishes to recall that among the 500,000 Spanish refugees fleeing Franco, after, many of them led a bitter struggle against Franco's forces, but also against their Nazi allies and auxiliaries of Salazar, the least 330,000 have found themselves in concentration camps (official name).

Solidarity was not in order, except in some leftists, anarchists and some charitable entities. In France and settled in the Sahara, the government received the Spanish antifascists, without having anticipated - while events presaged an influx - in the camps of shame in the south. 17,000 people perished, unable to fight against the cold wind, rain, poor sanitation, lack of safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, typhoid, tuberculosis, malaria, despair. Sahara, the living conditions were worse and some croupirent there until 1942. Recall also that the revolts were punished by imprisonment in disciplinary spaces and the brutal punishments could cause death.

Here it is a question of the attitude of the Republican government until 1940. As that of Vichy, he gave the Spaniards the Franco regime and the Nazis who were deported to extermination camps.

To make money the piece of solidarity in France, many Spanish exiles, many anarchists fought against the Nazi occupation, joining the Resistance Forces Free: men of the 2nd Armoured Division Leclerc, commanded by Captain Raymond Dronne the Nueve, which, as its name suggests, was composed mostly of Spaniards were the first to enter Paris, August 24, 1944, in the evening.

Also, Mr. Harlem Désir, the Anarchist Federation invites you to revisit your history of France, the history of these republics and the behavior of its representatives.

Secretariat for External Relations of the Anarchist Federation.
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