Fiestas del 2 de Mayo

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Around here lived the madrileñan embroiderer Manuela Malasaña, who – just 15 years old – was shot on the second of May of 1808 next to the artillery park of Monteleón.

Even if it today was sunny lovely day in Berlin I wish I were in Madrid. They are celebrating the Second of May where they remember the uprising of The Dos de Mayo of 1808, a rebellion by the people of Madrid against the occupation of the city by French troops, provoking a brutal repression by the French Imperial forces and triggering the Peninsular War, which is regarded as one of the first wars of national liberation.

Malasaña was my favourite neighbourhood when I lived in Madrid and in occasion of the Second of May lots of celebrations are taking place in the city. There is even a square named Plaza del Dos de Mayo, where we used to sit and drink cañas and change the world.

Picture from Ganas de Malasaña

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1 comment
  1. Joachim Linke said:

    Sonjachen, freut mich, dass du so geschichtsbewusst bist. Wo hast du denn diese “Plakette” her ?
    Das war schon ein heldenhafter Kampf des ganzen Volkes gegen die französische Femdherrschaft,
    die ja erst 1813 endete und während der das so berühmte Wort “GUERILLERO” entstand !!

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