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Spaniards stage anti-monarchy protest in Madrid

Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Madrid on Monday to protest against Spain's scandal-tainted monarchy and demand the return of a democratically elected head of state. Around 1,000 protesters, many waving Republican flags with three horizontal stripes of red, purple, yellow, blocked traffic as they made their way to the Puerta del Sol, a central square in the capital.

Book on Spain king 'conspiracy' rattles palace

A book published Thursday angered Spain's royal palace by alleging King Juan Carlos plotted against his former ally Adolfo Suarez, a Spanish democratic hero who died last month. The palace rejected claims by popular historian Pilar Urbano that the king conspired to oust Suarez as prime minister and unwittingly set the scene for an attempted military coup in 1981. Crowds of mourners lined the streets last month to honour Suarez, credited with steering Spain to democracy alongside Juan Carlos after the death of the dictator Franco.

Leaders honour Spain's democratic hero Suarez in mass

International dignitaries crowded into Madrid's Almudena Cathedral on Monday for a solemn state funeral to honour Adolfo Suarez, the statesman who led Spain to democracy after the Franco dictatorship. Foreign government envoys joined Spain's royal family and ministers who arrived at the cathedral under rainy skies along with members of the public to remember Suarez, who died on March 23, aged 81. King Juan Carlos, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other mourners swept up in cars to the gates of the grey stone cathedral, watched by hundreds of onlookers.

Spain's first post-Franco PM laid to rest

Tens of thousands of people bade farewell Tuesday to Adolfo Suarez, the statesman who led Spain to democracy after the Franco dictatorship, as his coffin was borne through the streets of Madrid before his burial. Mourners applauded and took pictures as a horse-drawn gun carriage transported the flag-drapped casket from parliament where it had been lying in state to Cibeles Square to a solemn drum beat. Some made the sign of the cross or wept quietly as the funeral cortege passed.

Spain bids final farewell to first post Franco PM

Tens of thousands of people bid a final farewell Tuesday to Adolfo Suarez, the statesman who led Spain to democracy after the Franco dictatorship, as his flag-drapped coffin was borne through the streets of Madrid ahead of his burial. Mourners applauded and took pictures as a horse-drawn gun carriage transported the coffin from parliament where it had been lying in state to Cibeles Square to a solemn drum beat.

Throngs file past coffin of Spain's first post-Franco PM

Tens of thousands of mourners have filed past the coffin of Adolfo Suarez, the statesman who led Spain to democracy after the four-decade Franco dictatorship, an official said Tuesday. Some 30,000 people have flocked to the lower house of parliament in Madrid where Suarez's flag-drapped coffin has been lying in state since Monday at noon, the president of the parliament, Jesus Posada, told reporters. "What people want are people like Adolfo Suarez, who work for Spain," he said before the doors to parliament were closed at 10:00 am on Tuesday ahead of Suarez's funeral.

Adolfo Suarez, former PM who led Spain to democracy

Adolfo Suarez led post-Franco Spain to democracy and became its first prime minister, dismantling the vestiges of a dictatorship he once served. Suarez, who died Sunday at the age of 81 after a decade with the degenerative brain disease Alzheimer's, played an instrumental role in the country's transformation after the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975. King Juan Carlos, Franco's successor as head of state, named Suarez prime minister in a new government in 1976 at the age of 44, and he was confirmed as leader in an election the following year.

Post-Franco Spain's first PM Suarez near death - son

The prime minister who helped lead post-Franco Spain to democracy, 81-year-old Adolfo Suarez, is gravely ill in a Madrid hospital and may not survive the weekend, his son said Friday. Suarez, Spain's first prime minister after the death of General Francisco Franco, has suffered from Alzheimer's for most of the past decade. "The disease has progressed a lot and everything indicates that the end is imminent," his tearful son, Adolfo Suarez Illana, told a hurriedly organised news conference at the Cemtro hospital where his father was admitted Monday.

Post-Franco Spain's first PM Suarez near death, son says

The former prime minister who led post-Franco Spain to democracy, 81-year-old Adolfo Suarez, is gravely ill in a Madrid hospital and may not survive the weekend, his son said Friday. Suarez, Spain's first prime minister after the death of General Francisco Franco, has suffered from Alzheimer's for most of the past decade. "The disease has progressed a lot and everything indicates that the end is imminent," his tearful son, Adolfo Suarez Illana, told a hurriedly organised news conference at the Cemtro hospital where his father was admitted Monday.

Post-Franco Spain's first PM Suarez dying - son

The prime minister who helped lead post-Franco Spain to democracy, 81-year-old Adolfo Suarez, is gravely ill in a Madrid hospital and his death is imminent, his son said Friday. Suarez, Spain's first prime minister after the death of General Francisco Franco, has suffered from Alzheimer's for most of the past decade. "The end is imminent," his son Adolfo Suarez Illana told a hurriedly organised news conference. acc/djw/jz
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