Sánchez's coup to the separation of powers, violating the Constitution and imitating Hugo Chávez, is it just the beginning of something even worse?
"He acted as we want to act today," he said about Largo Caballero
On May 19, 2021, in a speech at the 43rd congress of the socialist union UGT, Pedro Sánchez vindicated Francisco Largo Caballero and announced: "He acted as we want to act today". The Socialist Party itself spread those words of Sánchez and the corresponding video on its Twitter account:
🌹 Quiero comenzar recordando a Francisco Largo Caballero.
Actuó como hoy queremos actuar nosotros:
✊ Comprometiéndose con su época, respondiendo ante la adversidad con más democracia y dignificando la vida de los más vulnerables.
— PSOE (@PSOE) May 19, 2021
A socialist leader who wanted to impose a dictatorship and who justified violence
Francisco Largo Caballero was president of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) between October 1932 and December 1935. He was the leader of the most radical and Marxist wing of the party and openly defended a "socialist dictatorship" during the years of the Second Republic. Largo Caballero used to resort to incendiary oratory in which he openly defended violence for political purposes and flouted the law when it was not favorable to him: "For the record: the Socialist Party is going to conquer of Power, and it is going to conquer, as I say, legally if it can be. We wish it could be legally, in accordance with the Constitution, and if not, however we can", he said on July 23, 1933 in a speech during a PSOE rally at the Pardiñas cinema in Madrid (source: Nº 7.634 of 'El Socialista', July 25, 1933, page 2).
Largo Caballero threatened a "civil war" before the 1933 elections
Facing the general elections of November 1933, the first in which women voted in Spain, and foreseeing an electoral victory for the right, Largo Caballero threatened civil war: "We are going legally towards the evolution of society. But if you don't want to, we will make the revolution violently. (…) This, the enemies will say, is to excite civil war. Let's get down to reality. There is a civil war. What is it if not the struggle that takes place every day between employers and workers? We are in the middle of a civil war. Let us not blind ourselves, comrades. What happens is that this war is not it has still taken on the bloody characteristics that, fortunately or unfortunately, it will inexorably have to take. It was a clear threat of a coup d'état and Largo Caballero pronounced it on November 8, 1933, eleven days before the elections, at a PSOE rally in Don Benito, Badajoz (source: Nº 7.726 of 'El Socialista', November 9, 1933, page 6).
The threats from the left postponed the arrival of the right-wing to government for almost a year
Despite the threats from the PSOE president, the right-wing won the 1933 elections, but Largo Caballero's threats continued. In April 1934, at the 5th Ordinary Congress of the Federation of Socialist Youth held in Madrid, the president of the PSOE stated: "political power must be seized in a revolutionary way", and immediately afterwards he added: "I have to state that the revolution will not it does with cries of long live Socialism, long live communism and long live anarchism. It is done violently." Largo Caballero warned the young socialists: "When this moment arrives, we will have to face the fight decisively" (source: Nº 7.867 of 'El Socialista', April 21, 1934, front page).
Threats from the left led to the formation of a centrist government, chaired by Alejandro Lerroux, and postponed the entry of right-wing ministers into the government for almost a year, until 3 October 1934.
He carried out his threats and led a coup on October 5, 1934
Finally, two days after the right-wing came to the government after having won the elections, Largo Caballero and the PSOE carried out their threats and led an armed rebellion, supported by the Communist Party of Spain and the anarchists of the CNT. It was a bloody coup d'état and its main stage was in Asturias, forcing the government to send the Army to restore order. The coup plotters murdered 33 priests and religious and 300 soldiers and members of the security forces, and also destroyed 17 churches, 40 religious buildings and dozens of factories, bridges, houses and public buildings. It was a much more violent coup than the one that occurred on February 23, 1981, known as 23-F.
Largo Caballero was arrested on October 14 and sent to the Modelo Prison in Madrid as the top leader of the coup. He was imprisoned until the trial was held a year later. Surprisingly, on November 30, 1935, he was acquitted for lack of evidence, a scandalous sentence if we take into account that the president of the PSOE himself instigated and led that coup.
Threatened "civil war" if the right won the 1936 election
The impunity he enjoyed after carrying out a coup against a democratic government encouraged Largo Caballero to continue along the same lines as before. On January 27, 1936, in a speech at a PSOE rally in Alicante, he threatened "civil war" if the right wing won the February elections of that year: "I want to tell you to the right-wing that if we win we will collaborate with our allies; but if the right-wing wins, our work will have to be double, because with our allies we will be able to work legally, and by winning the right-wing we will have to go to declared civil war. And this is not a threat, it is a warning. And they should not say that we say things just to say them: that we do them" (source: No. 8,044 of 'El Socialista', January 28, 1936, page 4, columns 1 and 2).
The highest political person in charge of the Paracuellos massacre
Already during the Spanish Civil War, Largo Caballero he was the president of the Council of Ministers of the Republic when the Paracuellos massacre took place, in which some 5,000 political prisoners (men, women and also 50 children) were killed by communists. Largo Caballero was the highest political person responsible for that massacre.
When Pedro Sánchez said that Largo Caballero "acted as we want to act today", he not only vindicated that violent, coup-mongering and totalitarian socialist leader, but also encouraged them to imitate him. So, what is happening now in Spain should not surprise us, nor what is to come, because I am very afraid that this coup to the separation of powers is only the beginning of what Sánchez has in mind.
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