December 2016        

Anti-fascist memorial attacked

Spanish fascists have attacked a monument to the Dungannon poet Charlie Donnelly, who was killed fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War. The memorial is at Rivas-Vaciamadrid, on the outskirts of Madrid. The fascists threw blue paint over it. (In Spain the colour blue is associated with the far right.)
     The Rivas-Vaciamadrid City Council immediately repaired the monument. Eddie O’Neill, of the Irish International Brigade Memorial Trust, said that local people are very supportive of the monument. “They have a great gratitude to the foreign volunteers like Donnelly who came to Spain to fight fascism,” he said. “The monument contains a stone from every county in Ireland, and the main stone comes from Dungannon, near Charlie Donnelly’s home. The city council gave the ground.”
     Unfortunately, he said, there is still an element in Spain who attack memorials to anti-fascist martyrs.

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