THE WEEKEND OF the 24th of November was earmarked for the Franco/José
Antonio commemorative rallies.
We met up with some other Brits and then it was off to an A.U.N.
(Spanish Nationalist group) meeting for foreigners. Luckily none of
it was in English as they talked a lot (in Spanish, French and German)
about 'democracy' and winning Euro seats! We sold FCs, traded info.
and addresses (the Germans won the funny costumes prize again). After lunch
(not bad for £7.50) we set off
for the Valle again (see the report below) to give out hundreds of
leaflets in Spanish, and to chat to lots of locals on their way to
the Mass for José Antonio and Franco. Then outside at the end we sang
lots of songs, one popular anti-Red one was also changed into an anti-Right
song, which was good as since his death José Antonio has been a 'prisoner'
of the right. We sang that song very loudly and did not do too badly when
it came to the
'Cara Al Sol' too (that's not what I heard - ed.). It was then back
to Madrid for a beer and bed. Sadly later that night one of the lads
from another group got lifted with a few Germans after a disagreement
with a Black chap.
On the Sunday there were two rallies at the same time! Some of
our number leafleted one rally early and then rejoined us at our stall.
At this point the Welsh Comrade lent the English a flag pole as they
forgot to bring one with their flag. Our flags, banner, leaflets,
stickers etc. went down very well. Almost everyone at the demo was
happy to let the press alone, but when a couple of Yanks started to
film us we gave chase, but they got away.
We spent most of our time at the A.U.N. rally which was held, we
think, after a bust up last year over the King.
All in all it was a long week, but very good with lots of contacts
old and new. As José Antonio said:
"The members of that youth, of which I form a part, consider it
not merely a bad thing that there should be a dictatorship of the
Right or a dictatorship of the Left, but even bad that there should
be such a thing as a political Right or Left at all."
THE PILGRIMAGE TO THE VALLEY OF THE FALLEN
ON THE 19TH of November the English, Welsh and Polish Third Positionists
got to Madrid. Sometime that night a Spanish group planned to walk
from Madrid to the Valle de los Caidos. We didn't know who, from where
or at what time! We did not have much luck finding out the details,
so we thought about walking by ourselves. To that end we went into
a tourist office. When asked for the directions the girl said "It's
60 kilometres". I told her I knew that but did not know the route
. . . "But it's 60 kilometres" came the reply . . . this went on a
bit longer until we left none the wiser.
We later found the Falange Español de J.O.N.S. at about 10pm in
the rain outside the birth place of José Antonio. They asked us not
to carry our Legionary banner until we were out of the city. As we
left behind the 3 - 400 'supporters' at the edge of the city out came
the banner, only to have some jobsworth try to get our Welsh flag
put away (s## off!). We stayed a metre or so behind the March of about
20 people at first, but we were soon part of it as they did it in
relay; i.e. walk a few miles and then hop on a coach while others
took over. This happened about ten times. This wasn't for us - we
walked it all (as the chappy who gave treatment for one unfortunate's
mega blisters will confirm). On route, we lowered our flags as we
passed near the grave of Ramiro Ledesma,
met a lot of good Spanish
activists and were given a 'medicinal' drink at one change over. It
was a long walk, but well worth it! Rumours that Ranting Ron to get
free entry to the Valle are unfounded . . . or so he says.