‘ROBBING BANKS IS AN HONOUR FOR ME’
on Wednesday 15 Oct 2008
type: Event Notice
event time: Sunday 19 Oct 2008 23:00
Lucio’s life is the stuff of legend. As an activist in 1950s Paris he counted André Breton and Albert Camus amongst his friends, worked with anarchist guerrilla Francisco Sabate in attempting to bring down Franco’s fascist regime and carried out numerous bank robberies to fund the struggle to free Spain. In 1977, after having his earlier scheme to destabilise the US economy by forgery rejected by Che Guevara, he put his plan into action. Lucio successfully forged 25 million dollars of Citibank travellers cheques to fund guerrilla groups in Latin America, bringing the bank to its knees in the process. In between he helped organise the kidnapping of Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie from his hideout in Bolivia, aided the escape of Black Panthers from the US and not surprisingly was targeted by the CIA. Lucio has defended his life’s work saying… ‘we are bricklayers, painters, electricians - we do not need the state for anything’.
There’s much more, suffice to say he has led an extraordinary life and will be speaking about his experiences for one night only in Bristol along with a showing of the documentary biopic ‘Lucio’ (2007).
Film: Directed by Aitor Arregi and José María Goenaga, 93 mins, 2007. (8.1/10 on IMDB)