Wednesday, February 24, 2021

February 23. The day Spain came together around the king


“The coup surprised us,” recalls ambassador Luís Filipe Castro Mendes, then secretary at the Portuguese embassy in Madrid. The mood was one of disenchantment, with Spain experiencing a political crisis, exacerbated by ETA terrorism. For months they had been circulating in the capital – “the great cloaca”, in the words of the prime minister, Adolfo Suárez – conspiracies, plans and rumors that pointed to the hypothesis of a government of national unity chaired by a military man.

The day before, the far-right newspaper The quarterdeck on the first page, in a ciphered form, it signals the coup (something only deciphered by those who already expected it). Even so, few expected what happened, as was the case with Portuguese representation officials.

On February 23, 1981, Spanish deputies were being called individually to cast a favorable or unfavorable vote on the new government, by Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, from UCD, the same party as Suárez.

At 18.23, before the noise coming from abroad, the secretary of Congress interrupts the call and asks: “What is going on?”. An employee enters the hemicycle, but the reason for the unrest comes from a tricorn on his head and his Civil Guard suit, a mustache on his face, and a gun. It is Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Tejero, a man from the extreme right who is hit by blows. Go up the stairs of the presidency and yell “Everyone quiet!”

Watch here the film of events on TVE.

Faced with the attempt to subvert the democratic order by force of arms, Deputy Prime Minister Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado, general, jumps out of his place, next to Suárez, and tries to put the coup military in order.



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