Nature conservationists asking for reinforcement of new International Brigades to fight for European fauna in the Iberian Peninsula
On October 18, 2018 the Wild–Europe platform makes a call in Berlin to nature conservationists from all over the world who want and can telework. They are proposed to go to Spain to develop their current activity online and, at the same time, to fight side by side with Spanish conservationists to recover the European fauna and the free human being integrated into nature.
The initiative takes its name from the International Brigades, one of the greatest acts of solidarity in history, when idealists from all over the world came to Spain 80 years ago. The difference is that, instead of coming “willing to die”, this time they are invited to come to live a full, exciting life, combining the activity that each one can develop at a distance with the experience of recovering wildlife and values of the primal man.
Volunteers from all countries came to Spain in 1936 to fight. The victory of the Popular Front in the elections of 1936 made conservative sectors fear that the revolutionary left would take over the institutions of the Spanish Republic. Paradoxically, the coup organized to stop the revolution triggered it, provoking a civil war that lasted three years.
The million combatants of the Republic were joined by 37,000 foreign volunteers enrolled in the International Brigades. There were 9,903 French, 3,805 Polish, 3,002 Italians, 2,341 Americans, 2,217 Germans, 2,095 Yugoslavs, 1,843 Britons, 1,722 Belgians, 1,066 Czechoslovaks, 1,000 Cubans, 900 Argentines, 892 Lithuanians, Estonians and Latvians, 872 Austrians, 799 Scandinavians, 628 Dutch, 528 Hungarians, 512 Canadians, 408 Swiss, 134 Portuguese and 1,122 from 29 other countries.
Another 20,000 foreigners served in medical and auxiliary units. In total, 57,000 men and women from 53 countries. They went to Spain as they could, without the support of their governments. Except for the Soviet Union, whose government sent 2,000 technicians, pilots and military advisers, the aid to the republican side was organized from below. Many did not belong to any political party upon arrival in Spain.
On October 28, 1938, 250,000 Spaniards paid a farewell tribute to the brigadistas in Barcelona. Dolores Ibarruri said in that act:
Mothers! When the years pass and the wounds of the war are stalled; when the memory of these painful and bloody days vanishes in a present of freedom, peace and wellbeing … speak to your children; Tell them about these men from the International Brigades. Tell them how, crossing seas and mountains … they came to your homeland, as crusaders of freedom, to fight and die for the freedom and independence of Spain, threatened by German and Italian fascism. They left everything: love, home, home, fortune, mother, wife, brothers, children … and came to us to say: Here we are !; your cause, the cause of Spain, is our same cause, it is the common cause of all advanced and progressive humanity. We will not forget you; and when the olive tree of peace blossoms, intertwined with the laurels of the victory of the Spanish Republic, come back!
In 1996, the Spanish Parliament, democratic since 1977 –when the King Juan Carlos dissolved the dictatorship after the Caudillo died in 1975– recognized the help of the 57,000 men and women of 53 countries of the International Brigades who came in 1936 to support the Spanish Republic, granting them Spanish nationality.
The million soldiers who fought on the Francoist side included 100,000 foreigners: 78,000 Italians, sent by Mussolini; 19,000 Germans, sent by Hitler; 10,000 Portuguese, sent by Salazar and about a thousand volunteers from other countries.
The new international call, alien to ideologies, recruits volunteers to help the expansion of endangered species of European fauna, such as the bison, the bear, the capercaillie, the wolf, the beaver or the lynx. And return freedom to others domesticated, like auerochs, cebros and tarpans, that is, coes, donkeis and horses, eradicated from their wild state together with the free European hunter–gatherers. Spain and France were their refuge during the ice ages until 9,000 years ago. Cult to bull and horse perdure in spanish popular culture, and genes of aurochs and tarpan, in bovine and horses Iberian races.
The heritage that remains in places of great scenic beauty and impressive open spaces, is where teleworkers-conservationists from all over the world are now invited to come and restore with the Information Society the European wildlife populations. Disappearance of shepherds and livestock recover fauna and flora spontaneously. This proposal aims to take the initiative in this process, returning to the natural environment humans who understands, appreciates and knows how to value wildlife.
I have the pleasure of sending you the invitation to the presentation in which we convened a new “International Brigades”, this time without any ideology, so that nature conservationists from all over the world who can telework over the Internet, go to Spain to help the local population to revitalize declining rural areas where wildlife resurfaces.
The presentation is organized, at the request of the platform of wildlife trackers WildEurope Spanish, the DUH (German Environmental Assistance eV.), Which has convened politicians, NGOs and the German press with the following text: