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Spain’s new king sworn in amid anti-monarchy rally (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Published time: June 20, 2014 03:41
Edited time: June 20, 2014 14:47

Anti-monarchy demonstrators hold a banner which reads "Monarchy abolition! People decided!" during a Republican protest, after the swearing-in ceremony of Spain's new King Felipe VI in Madrid, at the landmark Puerta del Sol square in Madrid June 19, 2014. (Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes)

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​Several people have been detained at an anti-monarchy protest near Madrid’s heavily guarded central square following the coronation of Felipe VI as Spain's new king.

Despite the ban on republican protests by the Madrid authorities, up to 3,000 anti-monarchy activists flooded the area in central Madrid, EuropaPress reports. Waving the red, yellow and purple flags of Spain's second republic, protesters demanded the abolition of the monarchy.

The march which included members of more than 20 NGOs started from the Casa del Mar and concluded in front of the local government building, where writer and journalist Manuel Rivas read out a manifesto which rejected the “monarchical taxation.” Liberty is a “treasure of humanity,” said Rivas. “We say yes to the right to decide.”

Police acted on several occasions, taking the baton to work to arrest at least 7 people, El Mundo reports.

Several people were reportedly arrested for trying to pierce the police cordon. Some others, wearing clothes with anti-monarchy prints, were accused of resistance and disobedience, but were later released. Among those detained was Jorge Verstrynge, former secretary general of Alianza Popular party.

Security throughout the day remained tight with around 7,000 riot police controlling the center of the capital with some 120 snipers keeping watch.

Felipe VI was sworn in as Spain's new king at a ceremony not attended by his father King Carlos I.

“There is room for all of us in a united and diverse Spain,” Felipe said in his coronation speech stressing the need to respect diverse cultures and languages of Spain. The new king ended a speech by saying "thank you" in Castilian Spanish, Basque, Catalan and Galician.

PHOTO GALLERY: Spain's King Felipe VI swears in

Despite the protests thousands of people lined the route of the new monarch, waving flags and shouting “long live the king.” Monarchists hope for a new era of popularity for the troubled royal family, which has been the subject of a series of corruption scandals as a recession pushed millions of Spaniards deeper into poverty.

Comments (13)

 

LindaJames 20.06.2014 19:44

Why does the U.S. media celebrate monarchies? I think they are trying to instill in everyone that they are second-class citizens

 

LindaJames 20.06.2014 19:39

The citizens of the Planet cannot afford to support the parasitic monarchies

 

Yusuf O. Osman 20.06.2014 10:33

@Ashitaka Emishi
Hhaha, True, true but they've tried to modernize it ever since the end of WWII & to be honest, nowadays, its seen as a 'decoration' that performs a 'ceremonial role' every now & then but it's different & differs from country to country, In some countries they are the absolute rulers e.x *Saudi Arabia, the Vatican city, Brunei, Qatar, Oman & Swaziland * & in others, they're semi rulers or just a mere status symbol & don't call any shots. All-in-all, I'm against them even existing in this century if they are using tax payer money to sustain themselves, They can exist, if they earn their bread :))

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