Communist Left of Spain

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Communist Left of Spain

Izquierda Comunista de España
General secretaryAndreu Nin i Pérez
Founded1931 (1931)
Dissolved1936 (1936)
Merged intoWorkers' Party of Marxist Unification
Revolutionary socialism
Political positionFar left

Communist Left of Spain (in Spanish: Izquierda Comunista de España) was a Trotskyist political party during the Second Spanish Republic. Its leader was Andrés Nin Pérez, who had been a supporter of the Left Opposition while living in Russia.[1]

Although the group was affiliated to the International Left Opposition, Leon Trotsky objected to its name, believing that it failed to stress that the organisation viewed itself as an external faction of the Communist Party.[citation needed] By April of 1936, on the brink of the Spanish Civil War, Trotsky had denounced the Spanish left communists:[2]

At present we must say openly that the Spanish “left communists” have allowed this extremely favorable interval to pass by completely and have revealed themselves as in no way better than the socialist and “communist” traitors. Really, there has been no lack of warnings! All the greater is the culpability of an Andres Nin, of an Andrade, etc. – With a correct policy the “Communist Left”, as a section of the Fourth International, might have been at the head of the Spanish proletariat today. Instead of this, it vegetates in the confused organization of a Maurin – without program, without perspective, and without any political importance.

It eventually merged with the Right Opposition communist party Bloque Obrero y Campesino, to form the Workers' Party of Marxist Unification (POUM), which was also lead by Nin until his kidnapping and death at the hands of NKVD the following year.[3]


  1. ^ Howley, Catherine (1 June 2018). "Vanishing act". Metropolitan Barcelona. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  2. ^ Trotsky, Leon (April 1939). "The Task in Spain". New International. 5 (4): 125–126.
  3. ^ Nichols, Dick (21 June 2013). "Catalonia: Left unites to pay homage to Andreu Nin". Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal. Retrieved 18 February 2019.