Monday, April 15, 2013

Thousands Protest Monarchy in Spain

Demonstrators demand return to a republic, which was last established 82 years ago.

The marchers convened on Puerta del Sol, a central square in the capital. Waving thousands of red, gold and purple republican flags, the crowd chanted: "Tomorrow, Spain will be republican."

"Nobody elected the king," protester Veronica Ruiz told AFP. "We want a referendum. It would be the fair and democratic way to find out what the people want. "

The protest had been called to mark the anniversary of the country's Second Republic, proclaimed on April 14, 1931, and followed by 40 years of dictatorship under General Francisco Franco after a 1936-39 civil war.

Franco then transferred power to Prince Juan Carlos, and he became head of state in 1975.