La Tranquilidad

La Tranquilidad


What’s the importance of the bar
“La Tranquilidad,” located on Paral·lel? The cook they had there
was Martín Sisteró, who was among those deported,
along with Durruti and the rest, They were deported
to [Canary Island] Bata, but were sent further south
to Fuerteventura. The year, what year was it?
I can’t recall the year. Oh, yeah, I think it was after the 1933
insurrectional movements, in January. In Barcelona, there were frequent
insurrectionary movements. I think that’s right, but I’m not
sure about the dates now. But I think it is during the Fígols
incidents, the Alt Llobregat incidents, That’s an insurrectional movement
covering half of Catalonia, around the mines of Fígols and Sargent.
Libertarian communism is declared. The ‘Casas Viejas’ incidents are
also taking place down in Andalucía. So all of these people, as punishment,
are deported, sent close to Africa. And Martín Sisteró, the anarchist from
‘La Tranquilidad,’ was among them. He made it a bit better for everyone
down there because he was a great cook. So that
was a thing. One of the main things about
‘La Tranquilidad’, on Paral·lel, is that it was a meeting place, like ‘El
Español,’ for all of the anarchists back then. And they were
important gatherings. Abel Paz always talked about running
to ‘La Tranquilidad’ as a youth… to listen to the debates
they were having. That’s where
it all happened. Paz was Durruti’s
biographer. So this man used to talk about
how, when he was young, and living in El Clot, how they’d hop a
streetcar, hanging from the back, to go to ‘La Tranquilidad’ and listen
to what was being talked about there. Things like
that happened. And, according
to García Oliver, that’s where the plan for
Revolutionary Gymnastics, which we discussed
earlier, was hatched.

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