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The threat of a republican referendum knocks out the ballot box in the Barrio de Salamanca despite threats of a PP veto.

Under the canopy of a booth, while a couple from the national police asked a colleague for an explanation, 27-year-old Ana Sastre urged passers-by to fill out a ballot and put it in the box: it was about whether Spain should continue to be a monarchy or choose a republic. A symbolic and non-binding act, as the organizers repeated, the Platform for a Monarchy or a republican state popular assembly associated with Podemos, IU, Anticapitalistas and other non-institutional left parties, in addition to some neighborhood associations. After the first quarter of an hour, a dozen people were supposed to vote at this polling station in front of the Principe Pio station. “There is little traffic in this area,” Sastre observed. His partner then turned on the loudspeaker, through which the Risk anthem played, followed by “Ay, Carmela”.

Always alert to attempts to undermine the foundations of the parliamentary monarchy, the Madrid PP strongly opposed this initiative, which Vox also rejected. Popular Madrid Assembly spokesman Alfonso Serrano had already warned on Thursday: “Where the PP rules, there will be no such action.” Serrano was wrong. The Principe Pío policemen were satisfied with the explanations of the organizers, who met the deadline for the administrative notice, and left. Not many people came to the stand either. – The king stole, didn’t he? – pointed out one, chatty, explaining his decision, accompanied by another, who did not quite understand the question of voting. Masks with republican motifs were sold at the table (the original price of 8 euros dropped to five) and sweets with the logo of the United Left were distributed.

The 32 polling stations distributed throughout the city were unevenly distributed. There were five of them in Villaverde, but only two in Chamberi, for example. One of them is in Cuatro Caminos, where militant veterans have set up shop for fear of what they might find, given that the area isn’t particularly left-wing. The fears were unfounded. “On this street [Raimundo Fernández Villaverde] There are many military houses, but we did not notice any aggressiveness or provocations, ”explained unofficial representative Cristina Escribano. There were doubts in Chambery that the district council would authorize the activity, because conflicts with delegate-counselor Javier Ramirez happen all the time, but in the end, permission was received the day before, in the afternoon. In the first 40 minutes, 32 ballots were entered. The WhatsApp chat of volunteers was seething: reinforcements were demanded in Anton-Martin. “Perhaps for the holidays,” they ventured to Cuatro Caminos.

The Manuel Becerra roundabout in the Barrio de Salamanca might have been considered Comanche territory for the Republicans, but the booth was set up there this morning, also without incident. “Vox’s usually put here,” suggested one of those present, who had already ventured to count the results, with the recognition of the monarchist option. “It takes courage to come and vote, but I think 10% [sí votaron monarquía]. Demoscopic analysis proceeded from the fact that voters marked the ballot box in the ballot without an envelope, at the very table, and everything was visible. Arrivals were asked to provide their ID cards and age range for statistics. From the voting table, they reported the only minimally controversial event of the morning, when a man approached, introduced himself as a state prosecutor and warned that without the request of the DPR, this would not have any recognition. The woman who told this gave a raspberry as a keepsake.

A middle-aged couple wearing a blue spring dress and an El Corte Inglés bag; he, wearing a mask with the logo of the city council of Boadilla del Monte, also came up. They voted for a republic against a superficial analysis of the relationship between clothing and ideology. “I hope this will be useful to someone,” she said. Three specimens of prickly pear, a species endangered but living in certain habitats in the capital, left the subway entrance but passed the booth. The result of the consultation was sung, but it was planned to announce it after the count, after 20:00.


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