Protests against Spanish monarchy

Tens of thousands of people in more than 60 Spanish towns and cities took to the streets on Monday evening to demand a referendum on the future of the monarchy after King Juan Carlos announced his plans to abdicate and hand over power to his son Felipe, reports

Ministers are now working on a new law which would allow this to happen, but the process could take weeks.

Police estimated that more than 20,000 people descended on Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square, and thousands more on Barcelona’s Catalunya square. Solidarity rallies were also held in 30 cities across Europe and Latin America.

The call for a referendum has been bolstered by several online petitions, the most successful of which counts more than 113,000 signatures (and growing), urging Spain‘s political parties to take advantage of this “historical opportunity to promote a public debate that will help regenerate democracy and determine the future of the monarchy”.