Tuesday, April 05, 2011

A Las Barricadas

To the Barricades
a famous revolutionary song of the Spanish CNT.

By Confederación Nacional de Trabajo, España

Click here to hear the song

On July 19, 1936 the Fascist general, Francisco Franco, lead the Spanish army in an attempted coup d'etat against the republic established two years previously. In one half of Spain, his revolt was successful and an authoritarian regime was established, mirroring many aspects of similar authoritarian regimes in Germany and Italy, including a mystical "blood and soil" philosophy and the raised open-palm salute synonymous with Adolf Hitler and Nazism.

In the half of Spain where the rising was unsuccessul - that is to say, the half where Franco's forces were crushed by the popular organisations, most conspicuous of which being the anarcho-syndicalist CNT and anarchist FAI - a vacuum of power came into being. Rather than being immediately reestablished, the collapse of the institutions of the state paved the way for one of the first major experiments in human history of workers' self-management of production, bossless, leaderless organisation in the workplace and community. Thus, in the midst of the Spanish Civil War, the Spanish Revolution was born.


Negras tormentas agitan los aires
nubes oscuras nos impiden ver.
Aunque nos espere el dolor y la muerte
contra el enemigo nos llama el deber.

El bien mas preciado
es la libertad
hay que defenderla
con fe y valor.

Alza la bandera revolucionaria
que llevara al pueblo a la emancipacion
En pie obrero a la batalla
hay que derrocar a la reaccion

A las Barricadas!
A las Barricadas!
por el triunfo
de la Confederacion.

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