ECCI

MANIFESTO TO THE WORKERS, PEASANTS, AND COMMUNISTS OF SPAIN

 

EXTRACTS


4 November 1932

Inprekorr, xii, 93, p. 2998, 8 November 1932

 



For two years the industrial and agricultural proletariat as well as the working peasants of the Iberian peninsula have been waging great and heroic revolutionary struggles. On the instructions of the Azana-Caballero Government, the civil guard is shooting down proletarians and peasants in the towns and villages of Spain.
Throughout Spain, in the industrial centres and on the large landed estates, heroic struggles are taking place, and the slogan of a workers' and peasants' government sounds from the
factories, from Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao, and from the smallest and most remote villages.
In the midst of this rising mass struggle four former leaders of the Spanish Communist Party, Trilla, Adame, Vega, and Bullejos, having shown with contempt their lack of faith in the militancy of the workers and peasants, broke with the
Communist International. For many months these people fought stubbornly to prevent the creation of a real mass party in Spain, to prevent the organization of joint struggle with the honest, revolutionary anarchist and socialist workers, the
joint struggle of the workers in the different trade unions against the bourgeois agrarian counter-revolution.
While in effect thus supporting the policy of the Spanish counter-revolution, these four sabotaged the political line of the CI, which is dominated by the purpose of uniting the masses for struggle and in struggle. The policy of splitting the masses
is the policy of the counter-revolution, which does all in its power to split the forces by which it will be defeated. For this criminal purpose it uses its social-democratic agents (Caballero and others), gives support to the 'anarchist' leaders who revile
communism, and try to divert the workers from the fight for the proletarian dictatorship, thereby strengthening the dictatorship of capital.

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There is no doubt that in the last two years the Spanish Communist Party has grown, has led the struggles of the workers and peasants, has risen against the counter-revolutionaries; if it has done so, then no thanks to Adame, Trilla, Vega, and Bullejos, but in spite of them and against them. If the Spanish Communist Party does not occupy a more important place in the revolutionary movement of the Spanish masses, the responsibility lies on this group, which wished to isolate the party from this movement, in defiance of advice and decisions.

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Tomorrow these four will resort to the most contemptible bourgeois calumnies, in an attempt to demoralize the young communist party which has chased them out.
They will try to sow confusion among the Spanish masses by pointing out that they served prison sentences under the monarchy. But Zamora and other murderers of the exploited were also in prison, and where are they now? What are they doing?
Adame, Vega, Trilla, and Bullejos are following the road of the Spanish counterrevolution.
Whether they join the Trotskyist camp of splitters, or go directly over to the camp of Spanish fascism is a secondary matter. What is certain is that the Spanish counter-revolution has gained four new recruits.

 

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