Retired Spanish military officers call for coup over president's concessions to Catalonia

November 19, 2023

More than 50 retired Spanish military officers are calling for a coup to remove Spain's socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez after he made concessions to Catalonian separatists in order to consolidate power.

The prime minister was elected in July even though his party didn't garner the most votes. He is pushing for amnesty for politicians and activists who fled the country after trying to gain separation for Catalonia.

Sanchez admitted before the election that the actions he now wants to take are probably unconstitutional, but he's trying to proceed anyway.

The prospect of amnesty for the separatists has inflamed tensions in Spain and led to talk of a "civil war" in the country.

The retired officers said in a "manifesto" that pardoning the separatists would “eliminate equality under the law” in Spain “solely for political interests.” They further warned of the “possible rupture of the unity of the Spanish Nation.”

They further used Article 8.1 of the Spanish Constitution as a rationale to remove Sanchez and have fresh elections.

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