Madrid: Universidad de Complutense Madrid, 1977. Item #5279
Offset. 19 ½ 27 ¼ in. Very good with foxing at bottom corners and 1 in. tear at top.
In the years after Franco’s death, the debate over what Spanish democracy should look like and how to transition to it took place across every sector of Spanish society against a backdrop of political street violence between neo and anti-fascists. One area of debate was how widespread the amnesty for Franco’s prisoners should be; while there was agreement that political prisoners should be freed, prisoner’s rights organizations contested the distinction between “political” and “common” prisoners [presos comunes] and argued that the jails--extremely overcrowded, violent, and squalid--should be emptied. In solidarity with the effort for widespread amnesty, the Spanish student organizer Francisco Javier Álvarez García organized a week of solidarity actions at the Universidad de Complutense, which took place two months after a riot in Madrid’s notorious Carabanchel prison and coincided with an ongoing hunger strike.
With artwork by Antón Patiño, who was also involved in student organizing at the time, the poster is a striking visual document from the movement for a just transition from fascism to democracy and the prisoner’s rights movement which concurred with it.