Bloody Week of 1909

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Bloody Week of 1909

 

a revolutionary uprising of working people in Spain. The movement started on July 26 in Catalonia, where the mobilization of 20,000 reservists for service in Morocco gave rise to a general strike accompanied by the burning of churches and bloody armed clashes in Barcelona, Manresa, Reus, and other industrial centers. The outbreak spread to a number of cities, including Madrid, Zaragoza, and Oviedo. A. Maura’s conservative government sent police and troops against the rebels and declared a state of siege in Catalonia. Led chiefly by the anarchists, the movement was suppressed on July 31, 1909. The prominent public figure F. Ferrer y Guardia, who was closely associated with the anarchists and accused of having led the uprising, was shot.

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