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Anti-monarchy protesters demand referendum

Tens of thousands across Spain have taken to the streets to demand a referendum on whether the country should keep its monarchy or be proclaimed a republic following the abdication of King Juan Carlos I.

The biggest rally, held in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square, united anti-monarchist activists under the ‘Monarchy No Thanks’ campaign.

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Thousands of people carrying Republican flags flooded the capital hours after the 76-year-old monarch announced his resignation in favor of his 46 year-old son. Spain’s 15-M social movement launched the proposal for a protest against the monarchy and the declaration of a republic.

The anti-monarchist movement gained momentum in left parties, including Izquierda Unida (IU), the third political force in Spain. The call for protests spread across social networks to over 50 Spanish cities just minutes after the king’s abdication was announced Monday morning.

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