Spain protests call for vote on monarchy

Jun 03, 2014, 6:54 AM EDT
Protesters call for a referendum on whether Spain should return to a Republic on June 2, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
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Riot police were on standby as tens of thousands took to the streets in Madrid, Barcelona and other cities across Spain on Monday to demand a vote on whether to rid Spain of its royal family. The protests came after Spain's King Juan Carlos, who led the country's transition from dictatorship to democracy but faced scandals during the nation's near financial meltdown, announced on Monday he would abdicate in favour of his son Felipe, making way for a "new generation."

Background:

Spain protests call for vote on monarchy [Aljazeera]

Spain cabinet to discuss abdication [BBC]

Spain's King Juan Carlos abdicates to revive monarchy [Reuters]

 

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