Service de Presse Hebdomadaire du Bureau d'Informations Franco-Britanniques
12, Imposse Compoint — PARIS (17e)
Le Géront: Lucien Weitz Tél.: MARcadet 21-69 Compte c. p. Paris 2058-60
"THE P.O.U.M. TRIAL IN BARCELONA"
(Special Issue of "Independent News")
Page 1 - Reports of the trial published in "Solidaridad Obrera", Barcelona.
(With the testimony of the principal witnesses.)
Page 8 - "WHO'S WHO" of the Witnesses. (Brief character notes)
Page 9 - The Verdict. Rovira in the lands of the Police in Barcelona. Two Editorial Notes of "Solidaridad Obrera".
Page 10 - Notes and Comments on the Trial.
a) The charges of espionage are dropped.
b) The significance of the Sentence pronounced.
c) The POUM and the JCI are dissolved.
d) The Forced Labor Camps in Republican Spain.
e) Save our comrades from almost certain death.
Page 12 - Special Resolution on the POUM Trial adopted at the international Conference held in Brussels by the International Workers' Front against War.
Page 13 - Three important pamphlets on the present Spanish Situation.
Altho the trial of the POUM leaders in Barcelona commenced the 11th of October the censorship of the Spanish government did not allow the Spanish press to publish one single line of the proceedings untill October 25th.
The continuous flow of protests sent to the Spanish authorities by workers organizations, political parties, intelectuals, lawyers, and well known personalities from all over the world have undoubtedly influenced the government decisions and obliged it to change its tactics.
In spite of the great secrecy in which the trial took place (only about 20 persons were allowed in the court roora each day) the news soon spread among the workers and the government and political circles of Barcelona. The defence of the POUM was voiced by workers in their Trade Union meetings; by foreign newspaper men such is Schoflo, Swedish delegate to the S.I.A. Congress in Barcelona; and by a daily Bulletin published by the POUM and distributed to all workers and political organizations.
We have gathered here the reports published in the Spanish press, especially that of the C.N.T., with some additional explanatory notes which will be useful in understanding and evaluating the events that are taking place in Spain to-day.
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