Barakaldo’ko Euzko Batzokija

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Political organization
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Address : C / Los Fueros 7

From its origins, Basque nationalism sought to have social headquarters distributed throughout the different neighborhoods of the manufacturing town. The batzokis, as the social headquarters of the Basque nationalist party, had a political character, but they also developed numerous activities of a social and cultural nature. 

As of the reorganization of the PNV in 1930, the remodeling or opening of new Batzokis began. Among the new ones were Retuerto (1932), Lutxana (1933), and, above all, the most important nationalist center in Barakaldo, the Barakaldo’ko Euzko Batzokija, located then and now on the Paseo de los Fueros. The building had three floors and a pediment at the rear.

In this important Batzoki, in addition to the local group, other institutions such as Emakume Abertzale Batza and the Solidarity of Basque Workers of Barakaldo had their headquarters.

After the fall of the municipality into Francoist hands, the Batzoki was taken as a Militia Barracks and a Surveillance Office. Later I will be the headquarters of the Youth Front. A Salesian college will also be installed in this building.

SOURCES
AIZPURU, Mikel (2010). Barakaldo, an industrial city: boom and consolidation (1900-1937). Vol. I. Bilbao: Beta III Milenio, DL

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Batzoki headquarters on Los Fueros street

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