Our compañeros at the Association of Friends of the International Brigades (AABI) write with an announcement:
On Saturday November 9 AABI will perform the annual celebration in honor of the International Brigades to mark the 77th anniversary of his arrival in Madrid to assist in its defense. The main event will be the unveiling of a plaque to the IB at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid, which will take place at 12 noon.
It is worth remembering the context in which we will perform these acts : the economic crisis is not only punishing the worker class and reducing or canceling their rights won over decades of struggle, it’s also spreading the insane virus of resignation and division. With the second one they try to inoculate on the weaker workers’ groups the idea that their enemies are not the true responsable of the crisis (the corporate power with the collaboration of the ruling parties) but some marked minoritu groups or the inmigrant workers. Hence the increasing racist wave fueled by fascist and populist movements threat to unchain a new catastrophe for the workers’ common living and progress. Welcome all iniciatives as those from the United Against Racism (UAR) marking this November 9th as the International Day against Fascism and Anti-Semitism.
Resistance and courage against Fascism, as well as solidarity, were the values that 77 years ago pushed to thousands of international volunteers to join the fight of the Spanish people. So we want to send warm greetings to our dear brigaders, the last witnesses of that heroic struggle: Gert Hoffman and Hans Landauer, from Austria, Luis Alberto Quesada, from Argentina, Cesar Covo and Joseph and Vicent Almudéver, from France, Juan Miguel de Mora , from Mexico, Delmar Berg and John Hovan, from U.S., Stanley Hilton, from UK, and Karel Dufek, from Czechoslovakia. To all of them we wish our best and we promise no to forget them, since many citizens of the all over the world are willing to keep alive his memory and legacy.
Thursday 7th December. At 19:00 in the Puerta del Sol. Commemoration of the 77th anniversary of the Defense of Madrid.
Friday 8th November. 19:00 Lecture by Angel Bahamonde, Professor of Contemporary History at the University Carlos III of Madrid: The International Brigades in the defense of Madrid. Hall of the French Institute. Calle del Marqués de la Ensenada, 12.
Saturday 9th November
10:30 Walk memorial through the University City. Starting point at the International Brigades Memorial (in front of University City underground station), ending at the Casa de Velázquez.
12:00 Unveiling of the plaque to the International Brigades. French diplomatic authorities will be present, José Carrillo, Rector of the Univestity Complutense de Madrid, Claire Rol-Tanguy, president of ACER, and Vicente González, president of the AABI.