THE TRUTH ABOUT SPAIN
The conflict in Spain is not a Communist revolution. It is not a fight between "religious" and "anti-religious" sections of the Spanish people.
The Spanish workers are fighting against monarchists, Fascists, and corrupt Clericals, who are striving to overthrow the democratically elected constitutional Government of the Spanish Republic by force of arms.
The rebels have been obtaining munitions and other supplies from Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.
The Republican Government in power when the rebels started their attack had been elected by the free votes of the Spanish people in February, 1936. It had secured an absolute majority of 63 seats over its opponents.
The head of the State was President Azana, a Liberal Republican. The Prime Minister was Senor Giral, also a Liberal Republican. There was not a single Socialist or Communist in his Government.
The new Government was no sooner elected than the Militarists and Fascists, refusing to accept the democratic verdict of the people, began to plot an armed rising.
They were determined to prevent the Government from bringing justice, order and improved conditions to a country where military reaction, social injustice and economic misery prevailed.
The revolt began on July 18 with the Officers of the Army in Morocco, and spread throughout the garrison towns. The Officers carried most of the Army with them. The majority of the men in the Navy loyally stood by the Government.
In this struggle against the rebels, the workers of Spain, irrespective of party, have willingly taken up arms in defence of Freedom and Democracy.
They are fighting to maintain representative Government and the democratic rights of the people, and their struggle is of vital importance to all men and women concerned that Democracy should not be trampled under by Fascism.