"We want to give a voice to the people. Why is it a problem to organise a referendum? Why is it a problem to give Spaniards the right to decide their future? If the People’s Party and Socialist party think that Felipe has the confidence of the citizens, he should submit to a referendum"

Pablo Iglesias, a Podemos party leader.

"We don’t want a king, we want to choose."

Mercedes Trujillo, an anti-monarchist campaigner in Spain.

"That we’re working in this crisis to support them is, in my opinion, an insult to society that they have those exorbitant salaries. And, on the other hand, anyone who wants to govern or carry the country’s baton should stand for election. The vote is sovereign and so are the people."

Isabel Garcia, Spanish protester calling for a referendum on whether to keep the monarchy.

#ReferendumRepublicaYA #FelipeNoSerasRey #FelipeNoTeQueremos

bruises-for-tomorrow:

holy cow the king just abdicated

A professor stood in front of text written by protesting students, which reads ‘Student Strike, 22, 23 and 24 of October‘ as student protesters, left, asked him to join the strike to protest against tuition increase and financial cuts in education at Complutense University in Madrid on Tuesday. Andres Kudacki/Associated Press

A professor stood in front of text written by protesting students, which reads ‘Student Strike, 22, 23 and 24 of October‘ as student protesters, left, asked him to join the strike to protest against tuition increase and financial cuts in education at Complutense University in Madrid on Tuesday. Andres Kudacki/Associated Press

"The invaders, the colonists, now they are the colonies, and they are the invaded, and they are the ones to submit to the United States. I don’t understand what is happening in Europe. From here, I believe that, along with the social movements of Europe, we are going to defend the sovereignty and dignity of these people who are also our peers."

Bolivian President Evo Morales criticized European countries for acceding to U.S. demands, saying the former colonizers of Latin America are now being colonies of the United States.

Bolivia has accused the United States of spreading the false rumor as a means of intimidation into rejecting Edward Snowden’s bid for asylum. Bolivia and Venezuela have since said they would take Snowden in, and Nicaragua has signaled it would do the same.

"Spain has acknowledged a request from the U.S. prompted last week’s blockade of a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales. The Bolivian plane was grounded in Austria for 14 hours after Spain, France, Portugal and Italy closed their airspace over false rumors NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. On Tuesday, Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo confirmed for the first time that the rumor came from the U.S. government. He went on to say he is willing to apologize to Bolivia."

Spain Admits U.S. Behind Rumor Snowden Was Aboard Bolivian Jet

"On Monday, thousands of people rallied outside the U.S. embassy in Bolivia to protest last week’s forced landing of a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales. The plane was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal barred it from their airspace over false suspicions Snowden was on board. The Bolivian government has asked the European countries involved to reveal the source of the false information."

Thousands Rally at U.S. Embassy in Bolivia as Morales Seeks Answers on Plane Row

"We are not colonies any more. We deserve respect, and when one of our governments is insulted we feel the insult throughout Latin America."

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica while speaking at a summit in Cochabamba, Bolivia to show support for Bolivian President Evo Morales after his plane was forced to land in Vienna, Austria, because France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy reportedly refused to allow the Presidents plane to fly over their territories.

Bolivia said Morales was returning from Moscow on Tuesday when France and Portugal - later joined by Italy and Spain - banned his plane from entering their airspace, forcing it to land in Vienna after suspicions arose that Edward Snowden might have been aboard the plane.

However, after the Presidents plane was searched (with the Presidents permission) Snowden was not found on board.

The summit included the leaders of Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Surinam and Venezuela. At the end of the summit a statement was issued demanding answers from France, Portugal, Italy and Spain.

President Morales welcomed the show of support and said regional unity in Latin America was needed “to defeat North American imperialism.”

He also said his “hand would not shake if it came to closing the [United States embassy in La Paz, Bolivia]. Without the United States we are better off politically and democratically.”

Spanish nurses Maria Jose Marin (C), 23, and her twin sister Maria Teresa disembark from a plane after landing at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, June 4, 2013. After months of studying Dutch, a group of young Spanish nurses moved to the Netherlands to take up work, fleeing a dismal job market at home. Spain’s population dropped last year for the first time on record as young professionals and immigrants who moved here during a construction boom head for greener pastures. Spain’s jobless rate is 27 percent, and more than half of young workers are unemployed. For Spanish nurses, the Netherlands’ nursing deficit is a boon. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

Spanish nurses Maria Jose Marin (C), 23, and her twin sister Maria Teresa disembark from a plane after landing at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, June 4, 2013. After months of studying Dutch, a group of young Spanish nurses moved to the Netherlands to take up work, fleeing a dismal job market at home. Spain’s population dropped last year for the first time on record as young professionals and immigrants who moved here during a construction boom head for greener pastures. Spain’s jobless rate is 27 percent, and more than half of young workers are unemployed. For Spanish nurses, the Netherlands’ nursing deficit is a boon. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

Spain’s Rafael Nadal held a trophy with his taped fingers after winning the French Open for the eighth time, defeating compatriot David Ferrer at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris Sunday. Christophe Ena/Associated Press

Spain’s Rafael Nadal held a trophy with his taped fingers after winning the French Open for the eighth time, defeating compatriot David Ferrer at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris Sunday. Christophe Ena/Associated Press

Spain's unemployment rate soared to a new record of 27.2% of the workforce in the first quarter of 2013, according to official figures.

anarcho-queer:

July 21, 1936, Mari Ginestà, 17, a member of the Juventudes Comunistas (Iberian Communist Youth), stands armed on the roof of the Colón hotel in Barcelona mere days into the Spanish revolution against Franco’s military coup. 
The picture was taken by Juan Guzman (who was born Hans Gutmann in Germany before going to Spain where he photographed the International Brigades).

anarcho-queer:

July 21, 1936, Mari Ginestà, 17, a member of the Juventudes Comunistas (Iberian Communist Youth), stands armed on the roof of the Colón hotel in Barcelona mere days into the Spanish revolution against Franco’s military coup.

The picture was taken by Juan Guzman (who was born Hans Gutmann in Germany before going to Spain where he photographed the International Brigades).

People battled with eggs and flour in the traditional ‘Els Enfarinats’ battle at Ibi in Alicante, eastern Spain, Friday. Every year on Dec. 28, a day when Spaniards traditionally play pranks, a group known as the Enfarinats have taken over the ‘civil power’ in the town. European Pressphoto Agency

People battled with eggs and flour in the traditional ‘Els Enfarinats’ battle at Ibi in Alicante, eastern Spain, Friday. Every year on Dec. 28, a day when Spaniards traditionally play pranks, a group known as the Enfarinats have taken over the ‘civil power’ in the town. European Pressphoto Agency