Spain's state of emergency and the Falange Party - 1934

In 1934 a new interior minister in the right wing government that took power in late 1933, Salazar Alonzo, declared a state of emergency and the right wing CEDA movement that supported the government demanded extreme action against striking peasants and workers. A new fascist party, the Falange, formed in early 1934 to wage a bloody war against the left, believing in the 'bullet and the fist' as tools to preserve Spain from the spectre of socialism. The Falange would usher in a new phase of violent class confrontation in Spain.

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