According to the administration’s website, 135,000 stamps will be issued on 14 November at a price of 0.75€.

Once again, the Spanish Government has demonstrated that its personal stamp is the lame and biased analysis of History; the one that always turns the same way. According to Correos (Spanish state-owned postal service provider) on its website, 135,000 stamps will be issued on 14 November to commemorate the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of Spain. Each one will be priced at 0.75€ and will feature a hammer and sickle and a red star. All accompanied by the colours of the flag of the Second Republic.

Stamb celebrating the Communist Party of Spain

Stamb celebrating the Communist Party of Spain

The stamp in question comes with some delay, as the Communist Party of Spain was founded on 14 November 1921. To be more specific, it emerged from the union between the Spanish Communist Party and the Spanish Communist Workers’ Party.

The reasons offered by Correos on its website to commemorate this date are many. Among the first is that the group “has a history with many faces of women and men who decided to commit themselves to change the reality of an unjust and unequal country”.

There is no trace, however, of the party’s participation in barbarities such as the massacres of Paracuellos del Jarama or its direct involvement in the chekas that shook the Spanish capital during the Civil War.

The administration’s website does specify, however, that “with the Second Republic it had a moment of great development, especially after the formation of the Popular Front and for its role in the Civil War, when it participated with several ministers in the Government”. Among them, Dolores Ibárruri, better known as “Pasionaria”, stands out. The same woman who supported the invasion of Poland in 1939 by the Soviet Union’s army.

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