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Connecting the Dots in History - “No Pasarán”: They Shall Not Pass! – A New Alliance?

It is worth repeating; Italy had invented fascism and then exported to Spain (Franco) and Germany (Hitler) before becoming the prevalent dictatorial doctrine throughout the whole world; from the asphyxiating underground of all religions up to the monstrosities of post-fascist Putin’s Russia.

The Spanish slogan “no pasarán”: they shall not pass.

The phrase is associated with the Spanish civil war, which Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has made terrifyingly relevant – especially as volunteer fighters from across the world gather to defend the country from his attack.

SPANISH CIVIL WAR
The Spanish Civil War (1936–39) was the bloodiest conflict Western Europe had experienced since the end of World War I in 1918.

It was the breeding ground for mass atrocities. About 200,000 people died as the result of systematic killings, mob violence, torture, or other brutalities.

The fighting displaced millions of Spaniards. Some 500,000 refugees fled in 1939 to France, where many of them would be interned in camps. 15,000 Spanish Republicans ended up in Nazi concentration camps after 1940.

The brigaders (during the Spanish Civil War) chose the right side of history. Both Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sent troops to fight alongside the violent rightwing reactionaries led by Spain’s future dictator, General Francisco Franco. Like Putin, they wanted to demolish democracy across Europe.

In Ukraine, the president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, also wants a volunteer “foreign legion” to join the war. “This is the beginning of a war against Europe, against European structures, against democracy, against basic human rights, against a global order of law, rules and peaceful coexistence,” he said. “Anyone who wants to join the defence of Ukraine, Europe and the world can come.”

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