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Joaquin Pallarčs Tomás

Biographical/historical notes:

Joaquin Pallarés Tomás
Joaquin Pallarčs Tomás was born in Barcelona-La Torrasa in 1923 and was the leader of an action group which started its operations almost as soon as the civil war ended in 1939, in and around Hospitalet, Santa Eulalia, Sans and La Torrasa (these being villages and districts in and around Barcelona).

Among the operations credited to it was the execution of the chief inspector of the Hospitalet police (on 30 April 1939), as well as a number of incidents in which police were disarmed or shot, and robberies were carried out. His group was made up of Catalans, plus some Aragonese from around Huesca.

In addition to guerrilla activity, they did remarkable work on the reorganisation of the Libertarian Youth of Catalonia, setting up the first post-war regional committee and Barcelona local committee. At the time of their arrest, three of the group's members (Pallarés , Alvarez and Ruiz) held positions on the Libertarian Youth regional committee.

They were captured by the police in March 1943 and tortured; within days, Joaquin Pallarés – who displayed great integrity — was executed (on 29 March 1943) alongside Francisco Alvarez, Fernando Ruiz, Francisco Atares, José Serra, Benito Santi, Juan Aquilla, Arguelles and Tresols; other members of the group — Vincente Iglesias, Jos Urrea, Manuel Gracia, Rafael Olalde and Hilaria Foldevilla — had their lives spared.

The Pallarés group was one of the very first anti-Franco urban guerrilla groups.

This page mirrors the text from the Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin #12. The Library & it's Bulletin are highly recommended, especially in "rescuing militants from the oblivion of history".

This page created March 2004; updated June 2006

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