SPAIN: The Stir of Discontent

In a Madrid hotel fortnight ago, 90 prominent Spaniards sat down to a dinner duly registered with the police as a monarchist lawyers' meeting to discuss professional technicalities. In fact, many of the diners were not lawyers at all, and at least one was noted for republican sympathies. And when the speeches began, the technicalities of Spanish law were hardly mentioned. While police observers sat by, pencils racing, Joaquin de Satrústegúi, a wealthy Basque lawyer, launched into a go-minute attack on the government of Generalissimo Francisco Franco. Franco, declared Lawyer Satrústegúi, had no legal mandate whatsoever to rule Spain...

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