Spain on agenda at SSP meet­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

The next meet­ing of the Scottish So­cial­ist Party Ruther­glen Branch will take place on Tues­day, July 5 at the Cam­bus­lang In­sti­tute.

Spain will be the fo­cus of the meet­ing, with Bill Bon­nar of the SSP speak­ing on the 80th an­niver­sary of the start of the Spanish Civil War.

Ruther­glen SSP was in­stru­men­tal in li­ais­ing with the In­ter­na­tional Brigades As­so­ci­a­tion and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to have a plaque erected in Ruther­glen Town Hall to com­mem­o­rate lo­cal vol­un­teers who went to the aid of the Spanish Repub­lic in the war against fas­cism.

Mr Bon­nar said: “Eighty years on from the launch of the right wing coup that pre­cip­i­tated the Spanish Civil War, the In­ter­na­tional Brigades re­main a source of in­spi­ra­tion for so­cial­ists.

“Stand­ing to­gether with fel­low work­ers from across the world, they com­bat­ted fas­cism while main­stream politi­cians pan­dered to it.

“The SSP op­posed Brexit on the ba­sis that it would be a vic­tory for the far right and em­bolden racists and xeno­phobes across Europe. We are crit­i­cal of the EU as it stands but be­lieve that unit­ing with work­ers in other coun­tries and de­vel­op­ing an in­ter­na­tional re­sponse to aus­ter­ity and right wing xeno­pho­bia is cru­cial.”

The meet­ing starts at 7.30pm.

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