Greater Glasgow HOPE not hate in association with the International Brigade Memorial Trust are holding a Commemoration to the 65 Glasgow International Brigadier’s who lost their lives fighting the fascist Franco regime in Spain from 1936-1939. The Spanish Civil War is viewed as a pre-cursor to World War Two , acting as a testing ground by Franco’s allies Mussolini and Hitler. The International Brigades were made up entirely of volunteers most of whom were working class. The UK Government had adopted a non-intervention policy on the issue of Spain but the 40,000 volunteers; 2,100 from Scotland and 550 from Glasgow did not. They took up the fight against fascism when others wouldn’t. The sacrifices that the volunteers and their families made should not be forgotten and new generations of Glaswegian’s should be aware of this piece of working class, local and international history.
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The Glasgow Commemoration will take place on Saturday 10th September 2016 from 11.30-12.30pm at the La Pasionaria statue, Custom House Quay on Clyde Street. People attending should assemble from 11.15am. Speakers include Mike Arnott; IBMT Trustee Scotland, Keith Stoddart; Secretary The Paeoples Assembly Scotland, Kath Campbell; Granddaughter of Glasgow International Brigader and our international speaker will be Vera Thaelmann, VERDI Trade Union and granddaughter of famous German anti-fascist Ernst Thaelmann. There will also be a minutes applause as a mark of respect for the volunteers and the laying of wreaths.
After the commemoration, a social event will be held at UNISON Glasgow City Branch, 84 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQ from 1.00pm to 4.00pm where we will have live music, speakers and poets who include Calum Baird, fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe and Avante Festival’s, Paul Sheridan lead singer of folk rock Glasgow group; The Wakes will also be playing range of protest and The Wakes numbers. Award winning Scottish traditional music singer; Maeve MacKinnon will be letting us hear her new song; the first in public, about the International Brigade. Young up and coming singer/songwriter Declan Welsh will also be on hand to sing his new song; No Pasaran!again for the first time in Public. Folk-Punk guitarist and singer Stephen Wright will also be on hand as will acoustic folk singer/songwriter Pauline Bradley. Solidarity stalls with merchandise and information will also be in attendance. Entry is free and on a first come first served basis!