881.00/1609: Telegram

The Diplomatic Agent and Consul General at Tangier (Blake) to the Secretary of State

5. Revolt of Spanish troops broke out yesterday in Melilla and spread rapidly throughout Spanish Morocco. It is reported that between 2 and 6 o’clock this morning troops in Larache occupied all civil administrations and similar conditions reported to prevail in Tetuan, Ceuta and Alcazar Kebir. Two lieutenants were killed in Larache and several casualties occurred in Melilla. Movement reported to represent repercussion in army against murder of Calvo Sotelo, movement not believed to be monarchist but anti-Government. Spanish zone frontiers closed, Tangier calm but much public excitement prevails and anxiety on part of French and Moorish authorities.

It is difficult to confirm accuracy of information but the military in the Spanish zone appear to be dominating the situation there and are in communication with sympathetic elements in Spain.