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Dublin - Event Notice
Friday April 27 2012
07:00 PM

Gernika Bombing Commemoration Events

category dublin | rights, freedoms and repression | event notice author Wednesday April 11, 2012 15:26author by Gernika Bombing Commemoration Committeeauthor email basquedublin at gmail dot com Report this post to the editors

27th april

We will be comemorating the bombing of Gernika and other Basque towns by the German Condor Legion in support of the Spanish fascist forces fighting the elected Popular Front Government.
It was the first urban civilian population bombing and all of the countries in the world,except the USSR,stood by and let it happen.
Today Franco is dead but his spirit lives on in the repression of the Basques by the Spanish state.
Gernika Bombing Commemoration Events Poster
Gernika Bombing Commemoration Events Poster

Commemoration Events

Cainteoirí/ Speakers : Harry Owens, Enda McGarry
Bia Bascach/ Basque food
Boird earraí/ Stalls
Ceol/ Music : Erik Noon & The Future Gypsies and DJs

27 of April 2012
7 pm
Teachers Club,36 Parnell Square
BÁC 1

Related Link: http://www.facebook.com/dublinbasque
author by Diarmuid Breatnach - Personal Capacitypublication date Sat Apr 14, 2012 09:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The killing of a young Basque football fan days ago by the repressive Basque police force the Ertzaintza is an illustration of how Franco's spirit lives on.

According to eyewitnesses, fans were watching a Bilbao Athletic game against Schalke on TV in a leisure area when three van loads of the "zipayos" turned up and started firing rubber projectiles, one of which killed the youth. They also struck people with batons, even those trying to help the youth.

In the aftermath, the mass media repeated police sources without question: that bottles had been broken, that there had been a fight, that the youth had fallen, that they had been called. The only part of these stories partly-substantiated by witnesses was the broken bottles, these were from those thrown at the police AFTER they had fired on the celebrating crowd. Thankfully, the spirit of Basque resistance lives on and there have been demonstrations of grief and anger since the killing.

This is not the first death caused by the "zipayos" although they are more usually seen in action against pro-independence Basque leftists. The Ertzaintza must be dissolved and democratic organisations and individuals should always press for the dissolution of repressive forces and, if they ever gain power, completely dismantle them.

 
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