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Caught on camera: a useful coup

Juan Carlos and his son, king Felipe VI of Spain. Photo by: AP/Press Association Images

By the time Juan Carlos abdicated from the throne in June, much of the Spanish population had fallen out of love with their king of 39 years. But before a string of royal scandals had made his approval ratings plunge, the monarch had been hugely popular.

In our upcoming issue, we tell the story of the attempted coup that put Juan Carlos firmly in his throne in 1981 – and the conspiracy theories that still surround it. Remarkably, the putsch was captured by a TV crew which happened to be present in the Spanish parliament at the time. Watch the attempted coup d’état unfold here; read all about what happened in issue #15 of Delayed Gratification, out in a few days. The video is in Spanish only, but the images speak for themselves.


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