From New International, Vol.4 No.6, June 1938, p.183.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
THE PRESS carries alarming reports about the arrest and impending trial of a group of Spanish militants who are known as adherents of the movement for the Fourth International, on the charge, not unfamiliar to the professional practitioners of the frame-up system in Moscow, of having assassinated an officer of the Loyalist army. The trial is scheduled to open in secret session in Barcelona.
The Socialist Appeal has already printed sufficient material to indicate the complete innocence of the defendants – whose very adherence to the Fourth International is an evidence of their opposition to individual action and terrorism as a political weapon – and to show that what is involved is another extension of the Stalin-Yezhov system, which has so horrified the international labor movement, to the soil of Spain. An extension down to tiny details, even to that of extorting a “confession” from one of the defendants, which, interestingly enough, the latter has since repudiated.
Not a minute is to be lost in giving vigorous voice to the protests of the labor movement – every section of it – against the new frame-up in Barcelona. It is not only the lives of the defendants that are involved. At stake is the integrity and future of the working class the world over.
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