SPAIN: The Spirit of Barcelona

Barcelona, an explosively spirited city, one morning this week broke out in what may be the most serious defiance of the Franco regime.* Workers and white-collar employees reported to factories, shops and offices, punched their time clocks, then quietly walked out in protest against ruinously rising living costs. The strike, which spread to nearly all businesses in the city except the gas, electricity and water works, did not stay quiet. Workers broke windows of the Ritz Hotel and the city hall, set fire to curtains; when fire engines rattled to the scene, crowds would not let them pass. Angry men...

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