On November 30, 1920, at dusk, the ship “Giralda” left the port of Barcelona with 36 anarcho-syndicalist militants and the lawyer and councilor of the Barcelona City Council, Lluís Companys, who were detained in the Barcelona Modelo prison, bound for the fortress of La Mola. Among the prisoners was Salvador Seguí Rubinat (Lleida, September 23, 1887 – Barcelona, March 10, 1923), known as El noi del Sucre (‘El Chico del Azúcar’), one of the most prominent people of anarcho-syndicalism in Spain early 20th century.
From the Consell de Cent street barracks, a hundred guards came out under the command of a commander, who established a surveillance service throughout the journey. Police precautions were also taken at the Barcelona pier to prevent demonstrations. At 4.30 pm, three trucks from the military administration arrived at the dock, guarded by a picket from the Civil Guard; In these trucks were the trade unionists who were transferred aboard the “Giralda”, which set sail at 5.30 pm.
The civil governor of Barcelona, Martínez Anido, justified the “apartment” to defend the lives of the trade unionists themselves. The 36 deportees, the cream of the crop of Catalan anarcho-syndicalism, were: Salvador Seguí Rubinat, Manuel Salvador Serrano, Camil Piñón Orihuela, Francisco Comas Pagès, Vicenç Botella Moya, Narcís Vidal Cucurella, Josep Vidal Cucurella, Eusebi Manzanares Barrera, Martí Barrier Maresma, Miguel Abós Serena, Antoni Soler Cuadrado, José Viadiu Valls, Enrique Rueda López, Aniceto López Dalmau, Emilio Albaricias Alorda, Jaime Albaricias Download, Manuel Núñez García, Saturnino Meca González, Dionisio Arolas Batlle, Antonio Ocaña Martín, Josep Soler Guillemat, Manuel Castarienas Domingo, José Francàs Jarquín, José Roigé Redondo, Guillermo Vales Brugeura, Daniel Rebull Cabré, José Antonio Gómez Vicente, Eusebio Jorge Sánchez, Salvador Pascual Mascaró, Antonio Calomarte Costa, Salvador Caracena Díaz, Ramón Recasens Miret, Francisco Arsia Simón, Jesús Vega Fernández , Antonio Amador Obon and Lluís Companys Jover.
Article by Josep Portella published in the Diario Menorca.