Salvador Puig Antich

Salvador Puig Antich

Salvador Puig Antich (pronEng|səlvə'do putʃ ən'tik) (1948 – March 2 1974) was a Catalan anarchist, born in Barcelona, and active during the 1960s. A member of the "Movimiento Ibérico de Liberación" (MIL), he was executed by the Francoist regime after being betrayed by a military tribunal and found guilty of the death of a Guardia Civil policeman. His execution was very unpopular; the Catalan painter Antoni Tàpies made a series of litographs called "Assassins" and displayed them in the Maeght gallery in Paris, in honour of Puig Antich's memory [ [http://legislaciones.iespana.es/Antoni_Tapies.htm Antoni Tapies] es icon ] . The Groupes d'action révolutionnaire internationalistes (GARI) were also formed after his death.

Life

Child of a middle-class working family, Salvador was the third of six siblings. His father, Joaquim Puig, had been a militant in Acció Catalana, a Catalan political movement, during the times of the Second Spanish Republic. After being exiled in France in a refugee camp in Argelès-sur-Mer, he was condemned to death upon his return to Spain.

Salvador began studying in the religious school La Salle Bonanova until he was expelled for indiscipline. From the age of 16, Salvador combined office work with night studies at the Maragall Institute, where he made friends with Xavier Garriga and the Solé Sugranyes brothers, who would be future comrades of his in the "Movimiento Ibérico de Liberación" (MIL), an anarchist group fighting against the Franco regime and capitalism.

The events of May 1968 in France were decisive in Puig Antich deciding to involve himself in the fight against the Franco dictatorship. His first involvement was in the Workers' Commissions ("Comisiones Obreras" CCOO), formed partly by the Student Commission of the Maragall Institute. Ideologically, he quickly became attracted to anarchist positions, that reject any type of hierarchy and coercion within political organizations and unions in the fight for the emancipation of the working classes. After beginning university studies in Economics, Puig Antich did military service in Ibiza, working in the barrack's clinic. Upon completing his service, Puig Antich became part of the MIL, as a part of its military branch. Puig Antich participated in the group's actions, which mostly meant being a driver during bank robberies ("expropriations"). The money gained went to promote the group's clandestine publications, and to support strikers and detained workers.

Puig Antich and his comrades moved around easily in clandestine circles and often travelled to the south of France, where they linked up with the old militants of the CNT-F.

They congregated in August 1973 in France to hold a MIL conference. The following month, after an attack on an office of the Savings and Pension Bank of Barcelona, a strong offensive against the MIL began.

First to fall in this offensive were Oriol Sole Sugranyes and Josep Lluis Pons Llobet, and then Santi Soler, who was detained, interrogated, and tortured, finally confessing the secret meeting places of his comrades. Soler was used as a trap by plainclothes officers to detain Xaviuer Garriga and Puig Antich. The meticulously prepared operation took place on September 25 1973 in Barcelona. The two anarchists were detained, and immediately afterwards, a shootout occurred in which Puig Antich was badly injured and a young Guardia Civil Francisco Anguas Barragán was killed.

Puig Antich was jailed, accused of having fired the shots that killed Anguas Barragan, and after being tried by a court martial he was condemned to death. In some parts of Europe, and as far away as Argentina, there were demonstrations demanding the commutation of the execution, but Franco stayed firm and did not concede. Puig Antich, then 25 years old, was executed by garrote in a cell of the central Barcelona jail on March 2 at 9:40 am.

References

ee also

* "Salvador (Puig Antich)", 2006 film

External links

* [http://www.salvadorpuigantich.info A memorial from Salvador Puig Antich versus MediaPro film (in Catalan)]
* [http://www.anarkismo.net/newswire.php?story_id=3362&type=opinionanalysis Critique of the film 'Salvador' about Salvador Puig Antich']
* [http://iberianature.com/spain_culture/culture-and-history-of-spain-e/the-execution-of-salvador-puig-antic/ Article about Salvador Puig Antic and the last use of the garrotte]


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