1982 Photo Contest, World Press Photo of the Year

Manuel Pérez Barriopedro

Agencia EFE

23 February, 1981

Madrid, Spain. Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Tejero Molina orders everyone to remain seated and be quiet after 200 armed Guardia Civil soldiers stormed the Assembly Hall of the Spanish Parliament. Three hundred and fifty deputies and cabinet members were in session to vote on the succession of premier Adolfo Suarez. They were released the next day after having been held hostage for almost 18 hours. The coup was a failure.

About the photographer

Manuel Pérez Barriopedro

Manuel PĂ©rez Barriopedro (Madrid 1947) began studying photography in 1961, working as a photo lab assistant in a lab dedicated to press photography. In 1970, with a camera given ...

Technical information

Focal length
80-200 mm

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