There are fears in Spain that a new wave of political violence which has swept the country could be aimed at triggering a right-wing military coup, as Spain moves uneasily from dictatorship to democracy.
There are fears in Spain that a new wave of political violence which has swept the country could be aimed at triggering a right-wing military coup, as Spain moves uneasily from dictatorship to democracy. For increasingly, the targets of violence are among the left-wing.
SYNOPSIS: The latest and most horrifying episode to date was the machinegun attack on the offices of a Communist lawyer in Madrid on Monday night (24 January). Two men burst into the office and sprayed it with automatic weapon fire, killing three people instantly and wounding six. Two of the injured died later.
The authorities aren't sure who committed the atrocity, but Spanish newspapers have speculated that either the extreme right of the extreme left might be trying to provoke the army into seizing power, wrecking Spain's proposed transition to internal freedom. About 100,000 workers in Madrid and Barcelona went on strike in protest over the killings.
The attack came only hours after left-wing guerrillas kidnapped Lieutenant-General Emilio Villaescusa, president of the Supreme Council of Military Justice. The same self-styled guerrilla group has been holding the President of the Advisory Council of State, Senor Mario de Oriol, for the past six weeks. Police reinforcements have been sent to the Spanish capital to deal with any more outbreaks of violence.