Confontational Policy And Widespread Violence In Spain

Tuesday 14th April 1936

The Spanish Republic celebrated its fifth anniversary in an atmosphere of worsening tension. The new government had flagged its intention of following a confrontational path by mandating mixed classes in primary schools by decree. This was vehemently opposed by the Catholic Church.

National day celebrations were marred by violence. there was a bomb attack on the military parade in Madrid followed by the near-lynching of the supposed bomber who was probably merely drunk.  In Andalucia the house of a prominent Falangist was attacked by Communists but he fought back with an automatic pistol killing several until his ammunition ran out and he himself was killed.