New revelations about Spain's failed coup d'etat

23rd February 2006, Comments 0 comments

23 February 2006, MADRID — Twenty-five years after he led a failed coup d'etat, the disgraced colonel Antonio Tejero claimed the Catalan autonomy bid will be the downfall of Spain.

23 February 2006

MADRID — Twenty-five years after he led a failed coup d'etat, the disgraced colonel Antonio Tejero claimed the Catalan autonomy bid will be the downfall of Spain.

Tejero wrote in a regional newspaper Melilla Hoy that the Catalan issue will lead to the "defeat of the nation".

Catalonia has launched a claim for more autonomy, provoking fears it will lead to the break up of Spain.

Last month, the head of the army Lieutenant General Jose Mena, was sacked after claiming the military might have to intervene if it went too far. 

Tejero, who served 15 years in jail for treason and was stripped of his civil guard rank,  lead a group of guards who stormed parliament on 23 February 1981.

Pistol in hand, Tejero interrupted the investiture of Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo as the new prime minister, and announced a coup with the words ‘Todo el mundo al suelo’ ‘Everybody on the floor’.

Shots were fired and panic ensued.

Meanwhile, the Spanish daily El Mundo published confidential reports showing  the whole coup attempt had been planned in Valencia.

The documents revealed General Milans del Bosch in Valencia had a list of all the military vehicles and equipment in Spain as early as 8am that morning.

King Juan Carlos was credited with stopping the attempt and regaining stability.

With memories of the era of General Franco still fresh, many people hid in their homes during the night of the coup d'etat.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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