RESOLUTION PROPOSED BY THE COMMITTEE 5.12.36
The International Federation of Trade Unions and the Labour and Socialist International, assembled at a Joint Conference called at the request of the Spanish National Trade Union Centre, after hearing the delegates of the Spanish Trade Unions and the Spanish Socialist Party, take note of the efforts which have been made in various countries to give effect to their previous decisions, and hereby confirm those decisions.
They salute with joy and admiration the heroic workers of Spain and the members of the International Column who have driven back the enemy at the gates of Madrid, which has thus become a glorious symbol of working-class resistance to international Fascism.
They protest with the deepest indignation against the horrors perpetrated by the Fascists who, since they can no longer hope to take Madrid, are bent on destroying that city by dropping bombs which kill women and children.
They denounce the increasing and reckless support given by the Fascist Powers to the rebel generals in violation of international law, and especially the presence in growing numbers of German and Italian soldiers in Spain.
In view of these alarming facts, the two Internationals repeat that there can be no question of equality between the legal Government of the Spanish Republic and the bloodstained bands led by the rebel generals, and that the Government is fully entitled to obtain all the means necessary for its defence.
They are of the opinion that, at the present moment, it is important to concentrate all efforts on checking the reinforcement of the Spanish rebels in arms or men by Fascism in other countries.
They call upon the working-class organisations to redouble their vigilance in order to check by all appropriate means the sending of supplies to the rebels, and urge them to set up national co-ordinating committees to this effect.
They urge the various Governments to stop the international scandal constituted by the fact that General Franco continues to recruit the majority of the mercenaries whom he is hurling against the Spanish people in Morocco, a territory which is to a certain extent under international control.
They affirm that, in view of the repeated violation of recognised international law by the Fascist Governments, it is the duty of the Council of the League of Nations, meeting at the desire of Spain, to take [all] the means at its disposal effectively to restore the peace of the world.
They declare that the preservation of peace, which constitutes the supreme interest of the working masses of all countries and therefore takes first place among the duties of Governments under Socialist control or in which the Socialists participate, cannot be assured unless democracy takes a firm stand against fascist blackmail and threats, and they remind the workers and lovers of peace in all countries:
that it is the battle for universal liberty, democracy and peace which is being fought at this moment in Spain, and
that it is our own cause which the heroic fighters of Madrid are defending against the murderous onslaught of international Fascism.
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