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Families and supporters to pat respects to the International Brigades of the Spanish civil war

FAMILIES and supporters of the International Brigades will gather in London on Saturday to pay respects to volunteers who fought fascism in the Spanish civil war.

Organised by the International Brigade Memorial Trust, the commemoration of the British and Irish volunteers who fought in Spain between 1936 and 1939 will take place at the International Brigade Memorial in Jubilee Gardens on London’s South Bank at 1pm.

Unveiled in 1985, the memorial is dedicated to the 2,500 volunteers who defended the elected government of the Spanish Republic against Franco, Hitler and Mussolini.

Of these, 526 gave their lives. 

RMT president Alex Gordon will speak at the gathering to remember the hundreds of railway workers and seafarers who were part of the International Brigades.

Other guest speakers will include Carmen Kilner of the Basque Children of ’37 Association UK.

Ms Kilner is the daughter of a teacher who accompanied the children on board the Habana from Bilbao and who settled in England.

Communist Party of Britain international secretary Kevan Nelson said: “The International Brigade fought for the Spanish Republic not only to defend democracy from Franco’s attack but also to oppose the growing threat of fascism in Europe then emanating from Germany and Italy.”

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