At the age of 10 Sabaté left his clerical school and by the age of 17, he had joined the anarchist action group Los Novatos ("The rookies.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Sabaté - Guerilla Extraordinaire
I just finished reading "Sabaté - Guerilla Extraordinaire", a poorly written, but most fascinating account on Francisco Sabaté.
Franceso Sabaté Llopart (1915 - 1960), also known as "El Quico", was a Catalan anarchist involved in the resistance against the Nationalist regime of Francisco Franco.
This group was involved in insurrections against the government of the
in late 1933 and fought against the army's coup attempt at the beginning of the
Spanish Civil War in July 1936. Second
During the Civil War, Sabaté fought on the
with the CNT-FAI's "Young Eagles Column". When this division was
forcibly assigned a Stalinist commissar who crushed the free initiative of the
column, Sabaté and two of his comrades shot him dead and deserted to Barcelona where they
carried out many missions on behalf of the FAI against the Stalinist
during World War II, he spent time in concentration camps and fought with the
Maquis resistance against the Vichy
After the end of the War, Sabaté returned to
to carry on insurgent activities against Francoist Spain.
He was often described as having been the regime's "Public Enemy Number One". In 1960, at the age of 45, he was killed in Sant Celoni by the Somaten (a Catalan paramilitary organisation, then mainly formed of Francoist fascists) and the Civil Guard, along with four companions.