75th Anniversary of IB Remembered by Fife Trades Union Members

September 13, 2012
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The 75th Anniversary of the founding of the International Brigades was celebrated by Fife Trades union members in Scotland earlier this month.  Union members lay a wreath at the foot of an International Brigade memorial dedicated in 1987 to the 46 Fife volunteers.

And Councillor Willie Clarke described the volunteers as working-class heroes: “The soldiers and nurses who travelled from the towns and pit villages of Fife knew that fascism did not stop at national boundaries. . . . They reflected all the struggles faced by working people in Scotland at the time: unemployment, industrial victimisation, poverty. But they also reflected the determination of working people to organise and to fight for a better life,” he stated.

A quarter of the 549 volunteers from Scotland never returned.

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