We regret to announce the death today 16 September of Bautista Álvarez, a great Galizan patriot and an exemplary Communist militant and founder of the Galizan People’s Union (UPG) on 25 July 1964, one of the key figures who turned the UPG into a Patriotic Communist Party which he presided for 30 years.
The fight for Galizan national independence and Socialism has lost one of its most outstanding figures. BAUTISTA ÁLVAREZ WITH REMAIN WITH US FOREVER!
Bautista Álvarez was born in 1933 in Loucía, a small village in the district of Lás in the borough of San Amaro near the town of O Carballiño in Ourense.
On 25 July 1964 he was one of the founders of the Galizan People’s Union (UPG) and one of the people responsible for drafting the famous ’10 programmatic points’. During its early years, the UPG was primarily a group dedicated to nationalist preparation and ideological awareness based essentially in the city of Vigo and Madrid.
In 1965 he left for Madrid to carry out his military service and began his studies in Philosophy and Letters at the Complutense University. There he met the Galizan community, most of whom were students. He became one of the founding members of the ‘Brais Pinto’ group in Madrid, also becoming a promoter and the President of the Galizan Cultural Seminar attached to the Friends of UNESCO Club in Madrid.
Having suffered repeated persecution by the repressive forces of the State, he was imprisoned in Carabanchel during the state of emergency in 1969, accused of holding ‘Marxist separatist’ ideas.
He returned to Galiza where he continued to fight for national sovereignty, moving to Vigo in early 1973 and began to work for a company in the nearby town of O Porriño. It was at this point that he entered the Executive Committee of the UPG in full political clandestinity. Following the death of Franco, he was arrested for participating in a pro-amnesty demonstration in Vigo in December 1976. In 1977 he also spent 15 days in Vigo gaol, was tried by the Public Order Court, was held in custody by the Civil Guard in Cangas, Verín and Pontevedra and was subjected to torture.
He was President of the Cultural Association of Vigo from 1975 to 1978 and published several texts dealing with matters of cultural interest.
He published countless articles on political issues in a range of publications throughout his nearly 60 years of militancy. The UPG’s Terra e Tempo Foundation has published his Selected Works in three volumes which bring together a small selection of the innumerable articles and political speeches by our Comrade, Bautista Álvarez.
Towards the end of August 1977, he was elected President of the UPG during the first Party Congress and was re-elected at all successive Congress until the 12th Congress held in 2008 when he expressed his wish to refrain from standing for office, thus making him a member of the leading bodies of the Party from its founding until the 12th Congress. He also took part in the foundation of the Galizan Nationalist Bloc (BNG) and was a member of its Standing Committee from 1982 to 2002.
At the first elections to the Galizan Parliament on 20 October 1981 he was elected for the Province of A Coruña, only to be expelled from the Parliament together with the other members of the electoral coalition Bloc (AN-PG/UPG)-PSG, Lois Diéguez Vázquez and Claudio López Garrido, for refusing to pledge allegiance to the Spanish Constitution of 1978, although already having held office as nationalist representatives in the Parliament for several months. He was re-elected as a member of the Galizan Parliament for the Province of Pontevedra in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th legislatures, being Vice-secretary of the Parliament during the 4th legislature and Deputy Vice-president during the 5th legislature.
Over recent years, while actively taking part in the UPG and the BNG, he also published several works of fiction.
Santiago de Compostela, 16 september de 2017
Department for International Relations
Galizan People’s Union (UPG)