SPAIN: State of Alarm

The Spanish Republic divides the transition from tranquility to martial law into three steps. Last December punctilious, white-haired Premier Alejandro Lerroux declared a "state of prevention." Last week he took the second step by declaring a "state of alarm." Still ahead was a "state of martial law."

"Prevention" had notably failed to prevent. The Socialist and Syndicalist labor unions had learned the power of the strike. Their representatives in the Cortes had broken two Lerroux Cabinets. As regu- larly as clocks in a clock shop, the workers struck. By last week the...

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