Torreta street and nueva street

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The steep Torreta Street, which we left on the right margin on the rise to this point, was not a direct scene of the Events, but a silent witness of the comings and goings in these tragic hours, the rise and fall of civil guards and assault, of civil and military authorities, of beaten and detained peasants like Quijada, to end up seeing the parade of many dead people on their way to the cemetery of Cañuelo. It is not known if it would be these or other reasons why Campúa wanted this street to be stopped in time when taking this image in January of 1933, anyway, it was an anarchist territory due to its proximity to Nueva Street. In the newspaper “Nuevo Mundo” that the photo was published in on January 20, 1933 it appears with the legend “Street rise to square where the extremists began their shooting”, a description that is not true as it led to the uninhabited southern edge of the table. The floor of this street is a perfect example of the dual structure of the town in 1933. The cobbled part corresponds to the houses of the better-off, like the owner Antonio Pérez Blanco who had his house at the beginning of Torreta Street on the right. The other part is “terriza” and corresponds to the huts scattered by this street.


Regarding Nueva Street, we are on the street that was the main protagonist of the Events. Not only because it was the central place of the incidents, but also because most of the victims came from here. Of the 25 people killed, 16 lived on this street, it is 72%. Also a high proportion of those who participated lived here. Nueva Street was the nerve center for the peasants who worked in the trade union. They were day laborers who had arrived in the first third of the twentieth century and made their huts in those lands.

The photograph, possibly taken by Campúa presents an overview of this street on January 14, 1933.