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The Spanish Civil WarRevolution and Counterrevolution$
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Burnett Bolloten

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469624464

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624464.001.0001

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The May Events, Part I

The May Events, Part I

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The Spanish Civil War

Burnett Bolloten

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter lays out conflicting accounts and the more verifiable facts of the early events of May 1937. Though the events themselves were obscured by wide and diverse coverage from a variety of local and international sources, one point remains certain: the political temperature in Barcelona had reached flashpoint by May 3, 1937. The police commissioner Salas—acting in concert with Artemio Aiguadé, the Esquerra councilor of internal security and the prior decision of the PSUC's executive committee—raided the telefónica, the central telephone exchange, which was regarded as a “key position in the Revolution.” As the government grew ever more divisive over the issue, the working-class, mainly from the Anarchosyndicalist districts, armed themselves and took to the streets.

Keywords:   Barcelona, May 1937, Rodríguez Salas, Artemio Aiguadé, PSUC, Anarchosyndicalists, telefónica

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