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A call to end the monarchy in Barcelona

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:15

June 2 - Hours after King Juan Carlos of Spain announced he is abdicating the throne to his son, activists in Barcelona rally to demand vote on keeping the monarchy. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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They are out on the streets of Barcelona calling for an end to the monarchy. This comes hours after Spain's King Juan Carlos abdicated his throne to his son and heir, Prince Felipe. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED BARCELONA OLDER MALE RESIDENT WITH CATALAN FLAG DRAPED OVER SHOULDERS SAYING: "We're celebrating that the Republic is being revived. We want the Republic which was the government we had and they got rid of it. So let's see now if we can get it back." The King has recently been seen as out of touch -- He took a secret luxury elephant-hunting trip to Botswana in 2012, a time when one in four Spanish workers was out of work. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED BARCELONA FEMALE RESIDENT AND PROTESTER SAYING: "We're here, taking advantage of the king's abdication, to ask for a referendum about whether we really want to continue with the monarchy or if we want a republic. So all we're asking for is a bit of democracy and that the government offers us the opportunity to decide." Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, which has a strong separatist movement and will hold a referendum on independence on November 9.

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A call to end the monarchy in Barcelona

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:15