SPAIN: Dismantling the Dictatorship

Even Communist Party Secretary-General Santiago Carrillo called it "a step toward national reconciliation." Social Democratic Leader Antonio Garcia López went further. He described it as "the first dramatic step toward dismantling the dictatorship." Both men were referring to King Juan Carlos' decree granting amnesty to political prisoners in Spain, which was formally promulgated in Madrid last week. Although less sweeping than leftists and moderates had hoped, the decree could affect more than half of the 1,600 Spaniards who have been imprisoned for political crimes or have otherwise been penalized for illegal,...

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