SPAIN: The Lid Clamped Tight

"A boiling pot will blow its lid off if it is too tight," said a Spaniard explaining Barcelona's recent cost-of-living strike riots (TIME, March 19). Last week the lid was tightly clamped back on Barcelona.

Governor Baeza Alegria, who had ordered hundreds of arrests, was replaced by Air Force General Felipe Acedo Colunga, remembered as a ruthless court-martial prosecutor following the 1934 revolt of Asturian miners. Last week Barcelona shops opened, workmen went back to their jobs, and the 15,000 police wandered about the streets, weapons conspicuously visible.

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