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Guest Post by Dmytriy Kovalevich - Lluís Companys - The Last President of Catalonia

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 10/02/2017 - 18:54
Companys in Barcelona

 

 

Lluís Companys - The Last President of Catalonia

Dmytriy Kovalevich

 

Lluís Companys (1882-1940) was a lawyer and leader of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC). Exiled after the war, he was captured and handed over by the Gestapo to the Spanish dictatorship of Francisco Franco, who had him executed by firing squad in 1940. Companys is the only incumbent democratically elected president in European history to have been executed.

Companys was a long-standing adherent of the Catalan cause. He was proclaimed the mayor of Barcelona in the 1931 local elections. Companys ordered the auth