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The King of Spain Abdicates, Claims to Install the Third Republic Emerge

Written by Juan Arellano · Translated by Gabriela García Calderón On 2 June 2014 @ 16:17 pm | 3 Comments

In Breaking News, Citizen Media, Politics, Protest, Quick Reads, Spain, Spanish, Western Europe

Juan Carlos I [1], King of Spain, publicly announced on June 2, 2014, his decision to abdicate [2] in favor of his son Felipe [3], current Prince of Asturias.

Although most of the reactions [4] [es] from the Spanish political class acknowledges and praises Juan Carlos’ actions during his period as king, there is a leftist sector demanding a referendum [5] [es] to proclaim the Republic.

In the past few years, the Spanish monarchy has lost part of its prestige due to acts of corruption that involved people [6] related to the Crown, or to indiscretions by the King himself, but mostly due to the economic crisis that affects most of the Spanish people, especially the youth [7].

On Twitter there are calls [8] [es] to rallies in several Spanish cities asking for a return of the Republic.

Rallies have been called for #ReferendumNOW all around the state at 20H. We'll keep you posted.

#ReferendumNOW so the youth can decide their future.

Map of callings at 20h +100 cities.

We'll keep you all posted.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Juan Carlos I: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Carlos_I_of_Spain

[2] abdicate: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/world/europe/king-juan-carlos-of-spain-to-abdicate-throne.html?hp&_r=0

[3] Felipe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felipe,_Prince_of_Asturias

[4] reactions: http://www.eleconomista.es/espana/cronicas/4862/06/14/Rajoy-comparece-con-carcter-de-urgencia-en-su-primera-declaracin-institucional.html

[5] referendum: http://politica.elpais.com/politica/2014/06/02/actualidad/1401698982_637616.html

[6] people: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/01/13/spains-princess-cristina-charged-with-money-laundering-and-tax-evasion/

[7] youth: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/03/20/were-not-leaving-theyre-kicking-us-uut-spanish-youth-in-exile/

[8] calls: http://www.elplural.com/2014/06/02/twitter-se-vuelca-tras-la-abdicacion-del-rey/

[9] #ReferendumYA: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ReferendumYA&src=hash

[10] #aporlatercera: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23aporlatercera&src=hash

[11] June 2, 2014: https://twitter.com/democraciareal/statuses/473400727944327168

[12] pic.twitter.com/emiZnYX9HF: http://t.co/emiZnYX9HF

[13] June 2, 2014: https://twitter.com/juventudsin/statuses/473418478670872576

[14] https://t.co/DgcYzr6Z9Q: https://t.co/DgcYzr6Z9Q

[15] #abdicaelrey: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23abdicaelrey&src=hash

[16] #APorLaTerceraRepublica: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23APorLaTerceraRepublica&src=hash

[17] pic.twitter.com/oL3n1Gp0y6: http://t.co/oL3n1Gp0y6

[18] June 2, 2014: https://twitter.com/_JuanLi/statuses/473441178537709568

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