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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 10 June 8, 1938

Red Atrocities

Red Atrocities.

No better example could be found than the training base of the British battalion in Spain in the vicinity of Albacete. In this village the nominal population was about 2,000 and the Church was located in the centre. Opposite the Church, the only water supply in the village was situated. A spring coming from the ground led Into two pipes and a wall was built over it. At dawn on the 19th July, when the men were getting ready for war, the women of the village went to the well to draw water. They were met by the priest, who sent them back, saying they wanted to meet the Councillors. Then the priest, speaking from the tower of the Church, demanded that they submit In the name of General Francisco Franco. On their refusing, he and his colleagues barricaded themselves [unclear: into the] tower with a machine gun and [unclear: the] four days nobody drew water in that spillage. At the end of that time, climbing the walls and [unclear: surrounding] him on all sides, they got him, losing 50 men in doing so. What happened to that priest and his colleagues was later described as one of the 'Red Atrocities. I was in this village on the 36th day of the revolt and saw the bullets—German ones—lodged in the wall."