Eurocrisis File: Retired officers of Spanish armed forces gather in Madrid, denounce Catalan separatism, Socialist politician demands investigation of general who allegedly advocated coup d’etat; 500,000 protesters march against austerity in Lisbon, call for resignation of PM Passos Coelho’s government; 100,000s more demonstrate across Portugal, revive revolutionary song from 1974
March 2, 2013
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Imagine what would happen if the Popular Party were to lose its absolute majority in the next general elections, and the Catalan nationalists were to demand, in exchange for their support, a change of the Constitution to undo the doctrine of the “indissoluble unity” of Spain.
So what do the Armed Forces do? The rules are one thing, practice is another. If the defense mechanism of the constitutional order doesn’t work, by act or omission, then….The country is more important than democracy. Patriotism is a feeling, and the Constitution is nothing but a law.
— General (ret.) Juan Antonio Chicharro, commander of Spanish Navy Marine Corps until 2010, presently in reserves; speaking at Gran Peña club, Madrid, on February 6, 2013
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