• Spain's news in English
 
Spanish King booed by justice protesters
Spanish King Juan Carlos (R) listens to a speech by Gonzalo Moliner, president of the Supreme court, on Monday Photo: Angel Diaz/Pool/AFP

Spanish King booed by justice protesters

Published: 17 Sep 2013 13:42 GMT+02:00

Spain's King Juan Carlos was jeered by public servants on his arrival at Spain's Supreme Court on Monday.

Due to preside over the opening of the court's 2013/14 judicial year, the King was subjected to boos and whistles from angry members of Spanish unions including the large UGT and CCOO general unions.  

Also coming in for special attention from the protesters were the President of the Community of Madrid Ignacio González and Madrid Mayor Ana Botella.

Dozens of protesters chanted slogans including "More workers rights, less official cars" and "Justice for the rich, justice for the PP (Popular Party)".

There were also calls for Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón to resign.

"Gallardón doesn't listen to workers or the people," Javier Hernández, a spokesperson for the CCOO told Spanish news agency Europa Press.

"Today we are here to mark a sad day for justice," said Hernández, saying that Spain was heading towards a privatized justice system .

He cited a range of changes to the legal system including a 2012 law that imposes new administrative charges for various judicial processes including appealing decisions and taking a case to the Supreme Court.

Spain's royal family stated in July they are not "concerned" about being booed by the Spanish public. Sources said, however, that the treatment "bothered" them and showed a lack of respect. 

A poll published in centre-left newspaper El Pais in April showed 53 percent disapproved of the way the 75-year-old Spanish head of state is carrying out his functions, while 42 percent approved.

This was the first time the monarch had received a negative rating.

Don't want to miss a story about Spain? - Then join The Local Spain on Facebook and Twitter.

George Mills (george.mills@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Spain to get world's only Smurf theme park
Smurfs wear Phrygian caps which symbolize freedom and the pursuit of liberty. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America/AFP

Spain to get world's only Smurf theme park

The Spanish city of Lleida is set to become home to a Smurf theme park, a project that will create 200 jobs in the region. READ  

Catalonia crisis
Spain's chief prosecutor steps down
Spain's state prosecutor-general Eduardo Torres-Dulce said he was resigning for "personal reasons". File photo: Salvador Victoria Bolívar/Flickr

Spain's chief prosecutor steps down

Updated: Spain's opposition Socialists say Spain's state prosecutor-general resigned "out of fear" on Thursday after the government pressured him to act against the government of Catalonia over its recent staging of a symbolic independence vote. READ  

Baby Jesus stolen from Christmas crib again

Baby Jesus stolen from Christmas crib again

The nativity scene in the heart of Santiago de Compostela is missing one of its most important components after a statue of the baby Jesus was stolen for the second time in three years. READ  

Spain's Acciona inks €1.4bn Sydney rail deal
Work on the line with 19 stops is scheduled to start in April 2015 and it is expected to start operating at the beginning of 2019. Screen grab: Acciona/YouTube

Spain's Acciona inks €1.4bn Sydney rail deal

Spanish builder Acciona said Wednesday that a consortium it is part of has signed a contract worth €1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) to build and operate a light-rail line through Sydney. READ  

Families urge Pope to intervene in cult case
Pope Francis pictured on his recent visit to Turkey. Photo: Filipo Monteforte/AFP

Families urge Pope to intervene in cult case

The parents of 'nuns' with a Spanish sect hit whose leader has been hit with sexual abuse charges have called on the Pope to help convince the young women to leave the order. READ  

Weak rouble to hit Russian tourism to Spain

Weak rouble to hit Russian tourism to Spain

Tourism operators in Spain are worried a weak rouble could take a serious bite out of luxury Russian tourism to the country, a booming business in recent years. READ  

Fugitive killer mocks judges from Caribbean

Fugitive killer mocks judges from Caribbean

In a story that could come straight from Hollywood, a man facing 20 years in prison in Spain for murder has been sending postcards to his trial judge from the Caribbean, despite there being an international warrant for his arrest. READ  

Football hooliganism
Soldier and cop held over Spain football brawl
A man looks at a message reading "Here Francisco J. Romero was murdered. No forgetting no forgiving" on December 1st. Photo: Pierre-Phillipe Marcou/AFP

Soldier and cop held over Spain football brawl

A soldier and a policeman are among 41 people arrested in Spain over a football riot last month in which a Deportivo La Coruña fan died after being thrown into a river, officials said on Wednesday. READ  

Spain hails news stage in US–Cuba relations
People outside the Little Havana restaurant of Versailles in Miami after news of US President Barack Obama's announcement of a change of United States–Cuba policy on Wednesday. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty

Spain hails news stage in US–Cuba relations

Spain's foreign minister on Wednesday hailed the restoration of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, saying it opened "a new stage" in ties between the two nations. READ  

Madrid: police seize 220,000 dangerous toys
The toys seized in a joint operation between the national police and Madrid’s local police posed risks including asphyxiation and poisoning. Photo: Policía Nacional

Madrid: police seize 220,000 dangerous toys

Over 220,000 toys have been seized from toy-sellers in Madrid in an operation named Black Toy, with police saying they posed a serious risk to child safety. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Nativity donkey squashed by fat fan
Society
Lifting the lid on Spain's mysterious Christmas lottery
National
Why has The Local got a new logo?
What's On
Top 12 things to do in Spain over Christmas
Politics
Spain passes tough new 'anti-protest' law
Business & Money
Google News quits Spain in paid content row
What's On
How to party like a Spaniard: the ultimate guide
Society
Madrid's shocking slum shames Spanish capital
National
Policeman mauled by lions at Barcelona zoo
Business & Money
Uber eyes appeal against Spain ban
Travel
Google offers virtual views of Spain's wonders
Sponsored Article
Top ten gifts for an expat Christmas
Education
Three Spanish business schools makes Europe's top 10
Health
Spain officially free of Ebola: World Health Organization
Travel
Ten Spanish museums you need to know about
National
Can you pass the Spanish citizenship test?
Sponsored Article
Win a €250 voucher for your Christmas list
National
Malaga: mini-tornado causes damage on coast
National
Google Maps 'undeletes' famous Cordoba mosque
National
Riot cops star in Down Syndrome calendar
What's On
What's on in Spain: December 2014
Sponsored Article
Travel & live like a local with Home Exchange
National
'Plane laser' finds Roman gold mines in Spain
National
From the Armada to Orwell: ten great quotes about Spain
National
34 percent of Spain's workers on €645 minimum wage
Sponsored Article
Shop Christmas gifts at Debenhams international store
Society
The Duchess of Alba: eight amazing facts
International
'World's longest railway' links Madrid and China
What's On
What's on in Spain: November 2014
International
MPs call on Spain to recognize Palestine
International
VIDEO: Greenpeace activist injured in Canary Islands oil clash
Education
Spaniards are speaking better English than ever: study
Politics
The Dummies' Guide to Spain's new Podemos Party
National
Ten Spanish dishes to try before you die
Property
Spain's golden visa scheme struggles to take off
National
80 percent of voters say 'yes' to independent Catalonia
Society
Ten things you should never say to a Spaniard
National
Boardgame cashes in on Spain's corruption crisis
Society
Real's Ronaldo world's second richest athlete
National
Priests slam Spain's jacuzzi-loving 'archbishop of bling'
National
Ten shocking corruption cases hurting Spain
National
Seville: Erasmus student dies in selfie fall
Travel
Top ten: brilliant Barcelona restaurants
Society
Dad told to pay child support to 29-year-old daughter
Politics
'We're sorry': Spanish PM apologizes over corruption scandals
Tech
Meet Mr Biceps: Spanish policeman heats up Instagram
National
37 arrested as massive anti-corruption raids rattle Spain
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

599
jobs available
The Local Spain is hiring!
The Local is seeking a new editor for our site in Spain to join our growing team of internationally-minded, driven, ambitious and clued-up journalists.
Details and how to apply