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Spain: Madrid on lockdown in city's biggest security operation in years01:02

Spain: Madrid on lockdown in city's biggest security operation in years

Spain, Madrid
June 18, 2014 at 20:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Police began a 24-hour operation to lock down central Madrid on Wednesday ahead of the official proclamation of the new King scheduled to take place at the Royal Palace on Thursday.

Some 120 snipers will be active around both the Parliament and the Royal Palace, where King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will tour in a motorcade following Thursday's ceremony. Around 4,000 additional officers have been recruited from around the country to join street patrols as a precaution to ongoing anti-monarchy protests across the city.

Madrid has banned all demonstrations and cancelled at least four rallies in the city centre on Thursday. A 7,000 strong police force will be responsible for maintaining order the city, with instructions to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to potential protesters.

Spain: Madrid on lockdown in city's biggest security operation in years01:02
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Police began a 24-hour operation to lock down central Madrid on Wednesday ahead of the official proclamation of the new King scheduled to take place at the Royal Palace on Thursday.

Some 120 snipers will be active around both the Parliament and the Royal Palace, where King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will tour in a motorcade following Thursday's ceremony. Around 4,000 additional officers have been recruited from around the country to join street patrols as a precaution to ongoing anti-monarchy protests across the city.

Madrid has banned all demonstrations and cancelled at least four rallies in the city centre on Thursday. A 7,000 strong police force will be responsible for maintaining order the city, with instructions to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to potential protesters.

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