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article imageProtests banned as 120 snipers line up to protect Spanish crown

By Anne Sewell     Jun 18, 2014 in Politics
Madrid - As Prince Felipe gets ready to be crowned the new King of Spain, two demonstrations and two concentrations planned for Thursday have been banned, thousands of extra police officers brought in and 120 snipers prepped to protect the ceremonial event.
It seems Spanish authorities are a tad nervous of demonstrations against the monarchy Thursday, when the new King Felipe VI is set to be crowned.
Having declared it illegal to hold any form of anti-monarchy protest or demonstration, the government will be deploying more than 6,700 police and civil guard officers in and around the area during the proceedings. They even had to import around 4,000 officers from around Spain to swell the ranks including the said 120 snipers.
A Republican protest, in particular, that was planned to coincide with the royal parade in Madrid Thursday just cannot go ahead, with Madrid citing the recent arrest of eight jihadist terrorists.
Whether they are trying to compare the average, ordinary and peaceful anti-monarchy citizen with terrorists is unclear, but security will be tight.
In fact, in total, the Government Delegation in Madrid has banned two demonstrations and two concentrations reported for Thursday, coinciding with the proclamation of King Philip VI, as "incompatible with the safety of the acts of that day" and which they consider would present a "true" risk.
The Spanish daily newspaper, Público, has mentioned that there will be 120 snipers, strategically positioned across the city, but mainly above and surrounding the Spanish parliament and the Royal Palace, where the proceedings will be taking place.
Government delegate Cristina Cifuentes announced Monday that there will be a “zero tolerance” attitude to any anti-monarchy demonstration held in the city center.
Along with the surfeit of police and civil guard officers, Felipe, his to-be-Queen Letizia and other government and royal parties will be protected by a small army of 100 specialized bodyguards.
With the kind of police overreaction to the crowning the new king of Spain, it will be interesting, indeed, to see the results of the peoples' referendum, currently running to find out what, exactly, the people of Spain prefer, whether monarchy or republic.
Spanish sources:
Público - 4 manifestations prohibited on the day of proclamation of Felipe V1
Público - 120 sniper posts to protect Felipe
Cadena Ser - 120 of snipers will watch over Felipe VI
The Local - Protesters beware: 120 snipers to guard king
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