Vox has staged this Sunday its rejection of the Government and its “defense of the Constitution” and national sovereignty with concentrations in front of the city halls under the slogan “Spain, There is” and the cry of “Pedro Sánchez, traitor.” The protests were far from massive. The mayor has brought together 4,000 people in Madrid and the party argues that it has mobilized over 100,000 people in all of Spain. In Barcelona, protesters with symbology francoist and falangist have had moments of tension to coincide with a concentration of anti-fascists and independence.
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The concentrations called by platform-Spain Exists, linked to Vox, had a clear message: a protest against the Government of Pedro Sanchez emerged from the investiture that was attended by the abstention of Republican Left. Bedecked with Spanish flags and messages against the president, the protesters have been branded a “betrayal” and “fraud” the covenant of Sanchez with the independence. The concentrates have been calling for national unity and “equality among spaniards,” with the reading of a manifesto. PP and Citizens, have declined to participate in these concentrations.
The president of Vox, Santiago Abascal, has been in charge of reading the manifest in front of the town Hall of Madrid, where he has sounded the national anthem and have been able to see flags carlists and a banner reading “Sanchez go, Spain does not want you”. Abascal has claimed the coalition Government of the PSOE and United we Can that respects the sovereignty of the Spanish people and the Constitution, which, as has been said, “is the same thing that demand respect for the freedom, coexistence and equality.” On a stage located in front of the Palacio de Cibeles, has demanded also to Sánchez, “which, as promised, to fight the enemies of the constitutional order”, “bring stopped the coup Carles Puigdemont” and “stop the damned Quim Torra”.
The secretary-general of Vox, Javier Ortega Smith, have read the manifesto before less than a hundred people in Teruel, where he has underlined that the most important thing of the day was to say “that Spain sum, that Spain exists, and Teruel exists because Spain is.”
Other prominent members of the party as deputies, Ignacio Garriga, Ignacio Gil Lázaro, Manuel Mariscal, Víctor Sánchez del Real, and Carla Toscano have given voice to the protest in Barcelona, Valencia, and Talavera de la Reina (Toledo), Badajoz and Logroño, respectively. According to Vox, Malaga, Seville, Alicante, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca and Santander have been attended by 2,500 people, from Zaragoza, Oviedo and Valladolid, to 1,500, to the of Granada, Gijón and Badajoz 1,500 and to those of Huelva, Cádiz, Ciudad Real and Logroño, close to 1,000.
Stress verbal in Barcelona and Pamplona
The concentrations have given rise to moments of tension in cities like Barcelona, Pamplona or Bilbao not to have reached more by the presence of riot control agents. In the Catalan capital with the concentration of Vox, which has gathered nearly 1,000 protesters, according to the city Council, has coincided with a concentration of anti-fascist of 500 people, who have crossed insults and have launched objects when a group has broken in, with flags and symbology of franco and falangist.Updated Date: 13 January 2020, 03:00