In protest at the rally, a number of local people and left-wing organisations had called for demonstrations to be held. To prevent trouble, the Civil Government of Madrid declared the FNT rally illegal. Nonetheless, a number of FNT sympathisers turned out despite the ban.
Vicente Cuervo was a lively young man with ideological ties to anarchism. He worked at the Telefunken factory on Calle Antonio López and was a member of the CNT union. On the morning of 10 February 1980, he joined the protests against the FNT rally with his partner and some friends. The police launched a ferocious charge on them with sticks and chains, causing the demonstrators to run down Calle Carlos Martín Álvarez towards Portazgo to escape the violence. Vicente and his fellow demonstrators dispersed.
During the course of these incidents, Vicente Cuervo was killed by a middle-aged man with a gun in an alley opposite the Bar Dones. Some local people also witnessed the incident, but no suspects were identified. Vicente’s partner, Paz, hid between two cars. When she went to get Vicente, she found him lying on the ground, bleeding from a bullet wound. The case was closed just three months later, and no one was ever brought to justice for his murder. Moreover, pressure was brought to bear on Vicente’s family not to continue with the judicial process; they received anonymous threats over the phone, and even calls from the then civil governor of Madrid, Juan José Rosón, offering Vicente’s siblings employment.
#TalDiaComoHoy de 1980 un terrorista de extrema derecha asesinó en el barrio de #Vallecas #Madrid al activista y anarquista Vicente Cuervo Calvo de un disparo. Unos días antes habían asesinado brutalmente a Yolanda González.
Otra historia de terror, olvido e #Impunidad
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— Consuelo Ordóñez (@ConsuorF) February 10, 2023