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HOPE not hate International Brigades Commemoration

  • La Pasionaria Statue Custom House Quay Glasgow (map)

From the Greater Glasgow HOPE not hate website:

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 19th September 2015 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, Tommy Campbell; UNITE the Union, Kath Campbell; Granddaughter of Glasgow International Brigader and Ryan Boyle; UNISON Young Member Committee. 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 legendary working class folk singer Arthur Johnstone with backing guitarist Stephen Wright. Calum Baird, fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will be playing us a selection of traditional folk/protest songs plus a taster from his new album; No Right Turn. Paul Sheridan lead singer of folk rock Glasgow group; The Wakes will also be playing range of protest and The Wakes numbers. Speakers will be from the Peoples Assembly Scotland and International Brigades Memorial Trust. Many stalls with merchandise and information will also be in attendance. Entry is free and on a first come first served basis! Check out our social media Facebook Page and #nopasaranglasgow for up to date info.

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Why not make a day of it and round the evening off with the acclaimed John & Willy Maley play; ‘From Calton to Catalonia’ which will be performed by the Basement Film and Theatre Company at the Motherwell Civic Centre from 7.30pm. Online tickets available from:

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