Luís Andrés Edo

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Luís Andrés Edo (7 November 1925 – 14 February 2009) was a militant and historian of Spain's anarchosyndicalist movement the CNT.

Early life[edit]

Born in Caspe, he moved early to Barcelona and was educated at the Escola Nova Unificada, living through the revolutionary wave against Franco's military coup and also the deprivations of the Civil War.[1]

Activism during the dictatorship[edit]

Edo spent many years in jail or in exile during the Franco years. His first incarceration was in Figueras castle in 1947 after refusing military service, he escaped to France and was arrested the next year on his clandestine re-entry to the country. He again escaped and went into exile.

On its creation after the re-unification congress of 1961, he formed part of the CNT's Defensa Interior, created to fight the Franco regime. He was arrested in 1966 in Madrid, spending the time until 1974 in Carabanchel, Soria and Segovia prisons where he wrote La corriente. In that time he met other anti-Franco prisoners such as Stuart Christie[2] After a brief spell (1972-1974) in Paris, he returned and was again arrested (on 1 May 1974) and remained in jail until the Amnesty of 1976. While in prison Edo devised a system to keep prisoners informed of news and organized protests and solidarity actions.

Later years[edit]

After the restoration of democracy, the CNT in Catalonia was refounded with Edo on the Regional Committee. He served as General Secretary and Editor of the CNT newspaper Solidaridad Obrera. In his later life, Edo worked on passing on knowledge of the history and methods of the Spanish libertarian movement. He was regarded as a vital link with the pre-Franco CNT and died of a heart attack on 14 February 2009.

Published works[edit]

  • La Corriente. la Fundació d’Estudis Llibertaris i Anarcolindicalistes. 
  • La CNT en la encrucijada. Aventuras de un heterodoxo. 2006. ISBN 84-96495-14-0. 


  1. ^ Antoni Segura, Luís Andrés Edo, histórico anarquista, El Pais, 15 February 2009 available online
  2. ^ Meltzer, Albert (1996). "IX: The Iberian Liberation Council; How the Thames was Lost". I Couldn't Paint Golden Angels. Edinburgh: AK Press. p. 164. ISBN 1-873176-93-7. 

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