The passing of decades. Remembering García Lorca.

When the Cristoforo Colombo came into Lissabon November 1975, it was a time of revolutionary worker manifestations there. On this particular day, we joined the largest demonstration I have ever seen, with the whole city full of workers with helmets, waving red flags. The march was, we understood, heading for the Governmental Palace, where the flag was at half the pole. The reason was that Generalissimo Francisco Franco of Spain just had died. The masses demanded that the flag should be raised to the top of the pole, which of course did not happen. Almost 40 years before, in the summer of 1936, that is exactly 70 years from now, the same Franco had started the Spanish Civil War and his Guardia Civil was cleansing the country from unwanted elements. One of these was the poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, who became an early victim (August 19) of the falangistas because he did not want to leave his country. Thank you Swedish Radio 1, for remembering this, and broadcasting plays by, and about him.It is a strange coincident, that the same week this year as this anniversary, one of Franco’s contemporaries and alikes, Alfredo Stroessner, blood-handed dictator of Paraguay 1954-1989, passed away (August 16).

Photo of García Lorca – SVT Bild.



Filed under Garcia Lorca, Literature, Travels

2 responses to “The passing of decades. Remembering García Lorca.

  1. Don Wilson

    Just to let you know I got the job on the drilling rig. 3/4 of the way thru the first day I got the end of my litte finger on my right hand cut almost all the way off. So much for that job.
    Still like reading your blogs and look forward to seeing more.


  2. The beaver

    Sorry to hear that. Hope you get a new chance for a job before too long.
    Thanks for reading!

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