Just downriver from New Orleans is a large (though much-reduced) population descended from Canary Islanders. These “Isleños” came to South Louisiana in the late 1700s and have their own rich conflictual history, including a 1926 insurrection. More on that later, perhaps.
What follows, though relatable to many places, concerns the Canary Islands. It’s a (clumsy) translation of a twitter thread about the behavior of “revolutionary tourists” from the Gran Canaria Anarchist Federation, “Combative and neighborhood anarchism from North Africa.”
Now that we have survived August, we are going to talk a little about a type of tourism that a large part of the left does not question: “revolutionary tourism”. In Gran Canaria we have suffered a lot, to the point of becoming “disagreeable”.
Many people from the (Spanish) peninsula, from England, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Greece arrive every summer on the island to “get acquainted.” Is this to see how we work, to share ideas, to attend an assembly, to chat for a couple of hours? Only for a minority. The rest come for something else.