Re: Artic Veg @Matt Bryant Funny ..........
".....What about the events in Barcelona in May 1937 then? What's your take on it?...." I'm not sure the forum has room for a proper historical debate that could fill several books (the bitter and cynical betrayal was witnessed by Geroge Orwell and appears in his book "Homage to Catalonia", and formed the basis for "Animal Farm"), but a summary might go as follows.
From May 3rd to 8th 1937, the city of Barcelona was the scene of pitched street battles, arrests, torture and arbitrary executions. The arrests and executions continued for at least a week after. This was nine months into the Spanish Civil War, but the fighting wasn't between the Republican government forces and the Nationalist rebels, it was between the so-called allies on the Republican side. The (largely anarchist and Trotskyist) CNT and POUM, which controlled Barcelona's infrastructure in co-operation with left-wing Catalan nationalists and other socialist groups, were attacked by the Republican government's Guardia de Asaulto, with the Republican government seeking to take control of Barcelona. The Guardia de Asaulto were guided by the Spanish Communists and their arrests and executions were under the control of the NKVD's Madrid resident, Alexander Orlov.
Orlov had been sent to Spain to assist the Republican government in fighting the Fascists, but actually had two core directives that only top members of the Spanish Communist Party knew about - firstly, to arrange the transport of the Spanish gold reserve to Moscow (Stalin did not give aid to Republican Spain for free, he demanded payment at twice the market rate); and secondly, to oversee the Communist take over of Republican Spain by finding and killing any opponents in the Republican alliance, especially any linked to Stalin's rival, Trotsky. Stalin's plan was not for Spain under the people but everyone under Communism (i.e., under his dictatorship) and didn't have room for an independent Catalonia.
Having dabbled in Spain, he eventually betrayed even his Spanish Communists by forging what he saw as the more strategically important alliance with Nazi Germany of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in 1938. By that time Orlov himself was on the run from Stalin's purges, hiding out in the US.
Ever since, there has been a persistant whitewash by Communists that the Barcelona May Days were actually "brave" Communists defeating a counter-revolutionary uprising arranged between the Trotskyists and the Fascists. You can even see evidence of this laughable denial with modern writers, an example being Max Arthur's otherwise excellent collection of Spanish Civil War eyewitness accounts "Fighters Against Fascism" - Arthur manages to completely gloss over the Barcelona May Days and the eventual fighting between the Communists and Republicans that led to the fall of Madrid. Indeed, his appendix titled "Timeline of the Spansih Civil War" has only "10th May 1937 - A Nationalist uprising in Barcelona is put down by Republican troops".
There are Wikipedia summaries for both Orlov and the Barcelona May Days, I would suggest you fill in the holes in your ejukayshun by starting there. Hopefully before any of your more fanatical fellow sheeple try and edit it out of existance. Hopefully it will also help you spot the difference between Anarchists and Communists in future. Not that Ms Dimwitt Rousseff is either.