THOUSANDS of people have taken to Spain’s city streets to call for a referendum on the future of the monarchy, following King Juan Carlos’ abdication.
More than 60 demonstrations took place throughout the country, but the biggest – with more than 10,000 people – took place in Madrid.
Crown Prince Felipe and wife Letizia are due to be crowned King and Queen of Spain, after the Governemnt has drawn up an official process for the King’s abdication.
Leaders of the left-wing party Izquierda Unida were quick to call for a referendum on the monarchy.
“We’re here to support the claims that it’s time for the people to decide,” said IU head Cayo Lara.
“It is unthinkable that in the 21st century we are still talking about blood rights.”
No violence was recorded at the protests.