EB: SPAIN

Created: 1/2/1974

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ITEflSAVE BEEN COORDINATED WITH THE DEPARTMENTS OF STATE AND DEFENSE* :

GENERAL FRANKS CHOICE OF INTERIOR MINISTER CARLOS

ARIAS NAVARRO AS HIS NEH PREMIER INDICATES THAT THE NEWPLACE INCREASED EMPHASIS ON LAN AND ORDER FOLLOWING THEOF ARXV

ijijj ARIASt BHOEPUTATION FOR TOUGHNESS DATING7 TO III!

lilt, vhen he has chief of spain's security services, is also known for his completeo franco* he lacks ties to any political factioni and can be expected to carry on franco's political system in the post-franco era. ariastaunch monarchist andof prince juan carlos, franco's designate to be king when franco dies or is incapacitated*

jtheard line toward dissent hashen stiff sentences were imposes on thedissident labor leaders whose three-day trial began onpremier carrero blanco hasthe ten were found> *

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OP "ILLEGAL ASSOCIATION" IN TRYING TOREE LABOR UNION AND

RECEIVED THE MAXIMUM POSSIBLE SENTENCES* WHICH RANGES FROMO 20

YEARS. PRIOR TO THE ASSASSINATION* THERE MAS SORE CHANCE THE COURT

MGHT HAVE IMPOSED LIGHTER SENTENCES TO COUNTER FOREIGN CHARGES

THAT THE TRIAL HAS PROOF OF THE LACK OF POLITICAL AND LABOR FREEDOM

IN SPAIN.

THE COUNTRY REMAINS CALM AS 1THE POLICE CONTINUE THEIR EFFORTS TO APPREHEND THE ASSASSINS* HHOH THE GOVERNMENT HAS IDENTIFIED AS MEMBERS OF ETA* AN ILLEGAL BASflUE TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. THEHILL PLAY UP THE SELECTION OF THE NEW PREMIER AS EVIDENCE! OF THE SMOOTH FUNCTIONING OF ITS POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS IH THE MAKE OF CARRERO BLANCO'S ASSASSINATION.

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