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GMB Honours Those Who Fought Spanish Fascists

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Union pays respect to those who gave up everything to battle Franco.

Brave Welsh men and women who risked their lives fighting fascist tyranny in Spain will be honoured this weekend.

On Saturday GMB, Britain’s general union, will join International Brigades Cymru to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of volunteers from Wales joining the battle against General Franco.

The event will begin at 10.30am, with Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister for Wales, laying a wreath at the International Brigades Commemorative Stone, Alexandra Gardens, Cathays Park, Cardiff.

After the laying of the wreath the event will move across the road to the Temple of Peace where attendees will hear speeches from:

 - Jo Stevens MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

 - Nick Ireland, President of the Wales TUC

 - Hywel Francis, on behalf of the International Brigade Cymru and speakers from, Hope not Hate, Show Racism the Red Card, Citizens Cymru & The Welsh Centre for International Affairs.

Mike Payne, GMB Regional Officer, said:

“The event has been held to show that Wales is and always has been a tolerant place to live and work.

"Wales has always been outward facing and has always taken it’s international responsibilities seriously.

"The sacrifices and the courage of those men and women who left Wales to fight against a fascist dictator in Spain are an example of this.

"Since the Brexit Vote on the 23rd June, the political discourse in the UK has not been in keeping with our firmly held principles of Liberty and Democracy.”

"The event will remember those International Brigaders, but will always remember and debate our view that 'None are free until all are free' (Herbert Spencer).

"All are welcome to join us for what will be an opportunity to come together in the spirit of unity, and to express views of solidarity for others, collectivism for ourselves and friendship for everyone.

"Please come along and join us."


Notes to editors

For further information please contact Mike Payne on 07980753124 or email 

Picture of commemorative stone below:




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