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New leftist Spanish town halls rebel against royal symbols

A Barcelona city hall employee removes a bust of Spain's former King Juan on July 23, 2015Spanish leftwingers who swept to power in several major cities last month have removed royal symbols from their town halls, renewing a debate over the nation’s scandal-hit monarchy. The moves come despite new King Felipe VI managing to restore some of the institution’s popularity, which plunged following scandals during the final years of his father’s reign while Spain was engulfed in an economic crisis. The most controversial example happened in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, where new mayor Ada Colau on Thursday had a bronze bust of former King Juan Carlos removed from the town hall’s main chamber.

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