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Descamisados

 

(the Shirtless Ones), self-designation of politically active representatives of the urban poor during the revolution of 1820-23 in Spain. They demanded the establishment of popular sovereignty and broad democratic reforms. They became allied with the left wing of the comuneros organization.

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In July 1951, Evita conceived the idea of a Monument to the Descamisado.
Congress hastened to approve the idea twenty days before she died, and Evita herself refers in her last will and testament to that illusion of eternity: "I will thus feel forever close to my people and will continue to be the bridge of love linking the descamisados and Peron.
The descamisados sense her glow, hear her dress rustle, recognize the murmur of her hoarse, impassioned voice, discover the servitude of her lights in the beyond and the fussing of her nerves, and as they place votive candles at the site where her catafalque should have lain, they question her about the future.