Abolish Spanish monarchy, demonstrators demand

This 3 June 2014 video is called ‘Monarchy? No, Thanks’: Thousands demand referendum after Spanish King’s abdication.

After the WWF in Spain deposed King Juan Carlos as honourary president because of his elephant killing, now people demand his resignation as king as well.

From AFP news agency:

Thousands protest against scandal-hit Spanish monarchy

14 Apr 2013 11:36 PM

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Madrid on Sunday to demand the abdication of Spain‘s scandal-hit monarchy.

Waving thousands of red, gold and purple republican flags, the crowd chanted: “Tomorrow, Spain will be republican”.

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

The protest was 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.

King Juan Carlos is credited with steering Spain to a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy following Franco’s death in 1975.

But family scandals have undercut public confidence in the monarchy during a bruising recession.

A year ago as unemployment hit a record 26 per cent, the country was stunned as it emerged the king had gone elephant hunting in Botswana and broke his leg during the costly excursion.

The 75-year-old monarch was forced to apologise to the nation.

The king’s youngest daughter Princess Cristina has also been named a suspect in a corruption case against her husband Inaki Urdangarin, accused of syphoning off millions of euros paid by regional governments to a non-profit organisation he chaired from 2004 to 2006.

Support for the monarchy in Spain has fallen to a historic low of 54 per cent, according to a poll published in the daily El Mundo in January.

“Considering the current situation in Spain, what we need is a republic, and to put an end to the plundering by the Bourbons,” said 20-year-old student Anabel Galiano, referring to the Spanish royal house.

15 thoughts on “Abolish Spanish monarchy, demonstrators demand

  1. In the last three months, polls by Metroscopia show that the king’s popularity rating has fallen from a positive 21 points to a negative 11 (among those aged 18-34 the figure was minus 41). He polled below 27 other social institutions, including tax inspectors. Such a rapid fall from favour has no doubt been responsible for the ending of official polls by the publicly funded Centre of Sociological Research in 2011, when for the first time the monarchy’s popularity fell below 5, achieving 4.89 out of 10.



  2. Unpopular king falls further from grace

    SPAIN: Europe’s most unpopular monarch is now even more unpopular, new polls have revealed.

    King Juan Carlos, who lost his post as honourary chair of the Spanish branch of the world wildlife fund last year after attending an elephant-killing jaunt in Botswana, was given a score of 3.68 out of 10 by his subjects in the latest survey by the Centre for Sociological Research.

    It’s a drop from the 4.89 he scored two years ago, the last time the survey was conducted.



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