NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
22nd February, 1936 : Spain’s new left-wing Government has ordered an amnesty for 30,000 political prisoners. Formal releases are taking place this evening throughout the country. Meanwhile, martial law is in force in four provinces as sporadic violence erupts like a brush fires.
However, yesterday’s broadcast by the Premier, Senor Azana, in which he promised “liberty, prosperity and justice,was well received. The new Government is composed mainly of personal friends of the Premier. They are mostly unknown as politicians, which gives them the advantage of not having to face a prejudiced public. Already the Communists, furious at being excluded from the Cabinet, are seeking to undermine the new Government.
[ And the road to the civil war was opened. ]