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Antonio Tejero
Born April 30, 1932 (1932-04-30) (age 77)
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Antonio Tejero with a gun in his hand, breaking into the Spanish Congress of Deputies on February 23, 1981 (23-F), attempting a coup. Below to the right is the defence minister Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado
Place of birth Alhaur√≠n el Grande, Spain
Allegiance Spain
Service/branch Guardia Civil
Rank Lieutenant Colonel

Antonio Tejero Molina (born April 30 1932, Málaga) is a Spanish former Lieutenant-Colonel, and the most visible figure in the attempted coup d'état - also known as the 'Tejerazo' - against the Spanish democracy on February 23, 1981.

He entered the Guardia Civil in 1951 and was the leader of the Comandancia in Guip√ļzcoa, but had to ask to be transferred to another region when his public declarations against the Ikurri√Īa became known. His life is filled with pro-coup episodes, and he played an important role in the coups during the transici√≥n (Spanish transition to democracy) in San Sebastian, M√°laga and Madrid.

Tejero was the last of the coup leaders to be released from jail on December 2, 1996, having served 15 years in the military prison at Alcalá de Henares. As of 2006, he lives between Madrid and Alhaurín de la Torre close to Málaga.

He occasionally sends letters to the Melilla Hoy newspaper criticising current politics.

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Antonio Tejero Molina (born Alhaurín el Grande, Malaga Spain, 1932) was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Guard (Spanish: Guardia Civil).

On 23 February 1981, he stormed into the parliament building with fellow military and Civil Guard officers, and held the Spanish government hostage During that time, Spain was going from dictatorship to democracy. Tejero did not want democracy and wanted Spain to stay in the dictatorship.

His coup failed thanks to King Juan Carlos I. Tejero thought the King would support him because the King had been trained by Spain's old dictator, Francisco Franco. Instead King Juan Carlos I went on television dressed in his uniform as commander-in-chief of the Spanish Army and said the coup was wrong. The coup soon stopped, and Spanish television had pictures of the coup leaders trying to escape by climbing out of the windows of the parliament building








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