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(en) France, UCL AL #313 - culture, Read: Belatz, "Lucio's treasure" (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 6 Mar 2021 10:10:50 +0200

Lucio Urtubia Jiménez, who disappeared this summer, tells of his very romantic life, since his childhood in Navarre, his first " expropriations " and his exile in France, the bank robberies to support the fight against fascism and the incredible scam of the checks of trip that brought the First National City Bank to its knees. Amaia, a history student in whom he has accepted to confide, accompanies him from Paris, where he lives and runs the Louise Michel social center, to Cascante, the village where he grew up. ---- This long journey is an opportunity to look back on his journey. Rather than an anarchist militant, he considers himself a fellow traveler, never having joined any organization, and defines himself above all as a mason because " we are what we are by what we do " . He fully assumes his activism, motivated by his decisive encounter with the guerrilla Quico Sabaté whom he lodged for some time: " A revolutionary who does nothing ends up looking like a priest."

It was when he arrived in Paris, where he was forced to take refuge in 1954, " proud to be an authentic deserter from Franco's army " , that he discovered these movements. He tells Amaia about his trafficking in false papers, his first robberies: "To steal, for me, if we were hungry, it wasn't stealing. I practically only stole goods intended for the bourgeoisie, before they resold them to us for much more. I would skip these steps and help myself straight away whenever I could."

Its most resounding feat remains of course its forgeries of thousands of travelers' checks, cashed to finance movements fighting against power and capitalism across the world, which pushed the City Bank to the brink of bankruptcy, to the point that having lost millions, she offered to withdraw her complaint in exchange for the boards and reproduction material.

Ernest London (UCL Le Puy-en-Velay)

Mikel Santos " Belatz ", Le Trésor de Lucio , Rackham, 2020, 128 pages, 19 euros.

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