The Federacion Anarquista Uruguaya (FAU) : Crisis, Armed Struggle and Dictatorship, 1967-1985

Castilla, Floreal, Hugo Cores, Gerardo Gatti, Maria Esther Gillo, Alberto Mechoso Mendez, Juan Carlos Mechoso Mendez, Jaime Prieto, Ruben Prieto, Roger Rodriguez, Paul Sharkey and Ivonne Trías. The Federacion Anarquista Uruguaya (FAU) : Crisis, Armed Struggle and Dictatorship, 1967-1985. Kate Sharpley Library: 2009. 50 pages.

The FAU (Federacion Anarquista Uruguaya), founded in 1956, was one on the strongest anarchist movements in Latin America. In the 1960s, it faced a rising tide of repression which would culminate in the military dictatorship of 1973-85. As legal avenues of struggle were closed down, through the Worker-Student Resistance (ROE) and OPR-33 (People's Revolutionary Organisation) it expanded its tactics to include armed struggle in defence of the workers movement. Banks were raided for funds, and factory bosses were kidnapped in support of workers' demands. After Argentina became a military dictatorship in 1976, many FAU militants there were 'disappeared' in joint repression by the Uruguayan and Argentine armed forces. Elements of the FAU were fundamental in the creation of the People’s Victory Party (PVP). The FAU is still active today.

Uruguay – Background
The FAU (Syndicat Intercorporatif anarcho-syndicaliste de Caen, France)
"Anarchists had more of a stomach for the fight": Interview With Juan Carlos Mechoso by Maria Esther Gillo
Juan Carlos Mechoso
Santa (El Santa Romero)
Jaime Prieto, Rebel. Interview by Ivonne Trías
Ruben 'Pepe' Prieto by Roger Rodriguez
What Would I Value About My Experience With The FAU? by Hugo Cores
Roberto Franano, Alberto Marino
OPR-33 (Organizacion Popular Revolucionaria-33)
Idilio de León, Roberto Larrasq El Vasco (The Basque)
24 July 1971: The Killing Of Heber Nieto aka El Monje. FAU statement marking the 30th anniversary of Heber Nieto's murder in 2001
Uruguayan Anarchist Gerardo Gatti (1931-1976?) by Floreal Castilla
Labels by Gerardo Gatti
The FAU version of story of the Seral dispute and Molaguero kidnapping
A Letter from Prison by Alberto Mechoso Mendez aka Pocho (1936-1976)
The FAU: Fifty Years In The Fight For Socialism And Freedom.

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