"It was only very small and localized groups, if comparisons are to be made with other protest actions undertaken by the CNT, that came to the fore each time this would-be revolution was supposed to begin. Those who had decided on the suitable moment for mobilization never showed the same ability to organise it, among other reasons because there was not much to organize. A strike was one thing, a dispute fuelled by bad living conditions, a breach of employment conditions, or a protest against repression; quite another thing was an armed insurrection which had nothing to do with the usual industrial action based on trade unionism, which was, after all, where the CNT's strength lay.

These insurrections were not an expression of the "devastating violence of the proletariat," but the work of anarchists groups fired by catastrophe-based visions of a rapidly approaching destruction of capitalist society. Ill-prepared, lacking broad-based support from society, and in confrontation with a State that constantly maintained its coercion mechanisms, these visions were easily repressed."

Julián Casanova. (2005). Terror and Violence: The Dark Face of Spanish Anarchism. International Labor and Working-Class History, (67), 79. Retrieved from http://proxy.emerson.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.27672986&site=eds-live

This quote explains why early unorganized attempts at anarchist insurrection were easily repressed by the Spanish government. Franco's coup attempt provided an opportunity for workers movements to make more significant advancements for their cause.