Assassination of Luis Carrero Blanco

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The assassination of Prime Minister Luis Carrero Blanco, also known by its code name Operación Ogro (English: Operation Ogre) had far-reaching consequences within the politics of Spain. Admiral Carrero Blanco was assassinated in Madrid by the Basque separatist group ETA on 20 December 1973. The assassination is considered to be the biggest attack against the Francoist State since the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939.
The death of Carrero Blanco had numerous political implications. By the end of 1973, caudillo Francisco Franco's physical health had declined significantly, and it epitomizes the final crisis of the Francoist State. After his death, the most conservative sector of the Francoist State, known as the búnker, wanted to influence Franco so that he would choose an ultraconservative as Prime Minister. Finally, he chose Carlos Arias Navarro, who originally announced a partial relaxation of the most rigid aspects of the Francois State, but would quickly retreat under pressure from the búnker. ETA, on the other hand, consolidated its place as a relevant armed group and would evolve to become one of the main opponents of Francoism.


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Assassination of Luis Carrero Blanco

Address: Calle de Claudio Coello, 127, 28006 Madrid, Spain