The history of Spain in the last century has been a complex one and it is not posible to sum it up in a few short lines. But it seems that some of the issues that had apparently been fixed in this country remain unsolved and the wounds still hurt.
We have been particularly aware of this again this Monday, when king Juan Carlos abdicated after 39 years, his son is soon to be the new king. Quickly afterwards, demonstrations were held on the main squares at every major city, protesting against monarchy and claiming for a new, Third Republic -the ill-fated second one was cancelled at the end of the Spanish Civil war in 1939, just before WW2.
I witnessed the protest that took place at Málaga. The atmosphere at Plaza de la Constitución looked quite festive and not violent at all. There were countless flags that showed the three-colored stripes that were official during the six years the Second Republic lasted; and, at some point, a some dozens meters long flag turned up , surrounding the square over the heads of the crowd.
There was much singing and shouting, but then a guy started to play an old anthem with a clarinet and people stayed quiet for a while and listened in respect; it was a moving performance. Soon afterwards, the crowd vanished and everybody went home. But I guess we will see more demonstrations like this one soon…