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article imageResults are in on Spain's peoples' referendum

By Anne Sewell     Jun 20, 2014 in Politics
Madrid - Following the abdication of King Juan Carlos I, a peoples' referendum was run in Spain between June 14 and 19. Over 80,000 people have made themselves heard with 96 percent wanting the right to decide whether to live in a monarchy or a republic.
On June 15, Digital Journal reported that a peoples' referendum was moving through Spain, with the results to be counted on the same day as Spain’s new King Felipe VI was crowned. The results are now in.
A spokesperson for the organizers said ironically, "Seen this way, 80,000 people may seem few, but they are actually many more than those who have attended the coronation of Felipe VI.”
In a press conference in Madrid just after 7 p.m. on Thursday, spokesmen for Referéndum Real Ya presented the results and explained the technical details of how these results were attained. They insisted that the social consensus is broken and bipartisanship that no longer represents the people.
A spokesperson criticized the police presence in Madrid Thursday, which did not allow the free movement of people in the streets "as Republicans," adding, "They are afraid, why not let the people vote?”
Referéndum Real Ya describes itself as a group of people from different social groups and movements organized to demand "the right of citizens to decide on the model of the state."
Running between June 14 and 19, they collected the responses of citizens either over the internet or in person, with a system of authentication which prevented double voting on the platform Agora Voting. Sixty polling stations were installed across the country, as well as online voting facilities.
Respondents were asked two questions, to which there were only two possible answers, “Yes” and “No.”
The first question was "Do you agree that the Spanish head of state should be elected by universal suffrage" and the second, "Do you agree that a constituent process should be open for the public to decide on the model of the Spanish State."
To the first question, 95.8 percent responded “yes” and 3.6 percent voted “no.” To the second question, 98.11 percent said “yes” and a mere 1.23 percent said “no.”
A Referéndum Real Ya spokesperson said, “What we are showing is that true democracy exists, is real and is easy to do. If it is not posed at the state level it is because they are fundamentally afraid of the citizens.”
For those who can understand Spanish, a video of the press conference is included above.
Spanish sources:
Publico
Ruptly TV
El Diario
Referéndum Real Ya
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