Thousands of Spaniards demonstrated by car on Saturday in major cities across the country at the request of the far-right Vox party. They condemn the handling of the Covid-19 crisis by the left-wing Pedro Sanchez.
“Sanchez, departure”, “freedom” … Thousands of Spaniards demonstrated on Saturday, May 23 by car in the major cities of the country, on the far right party Vox. They condemn the handling of the Covid-19 crisis by the government of Pedro Sanchez (left).
In Madrid, thousands of cars and two-wheelers adorned with Spanish flags rolling at a rate around 12.00 GMT) on the main roads of the capital, in a concert of horns, led by protesters carrying the vast majority of the masks.
The demonstrations, which were convened by Vox in about fifty cities, also took place in, among others, Barcelona, Seville, Malaga, Valencia, Cordoba or Bilbao.
The government “has not been able to protect its people, their elderly and their carers,” says Vox leader Santiago Abascal, who sat on a double-decker bus in Madrid. He accused the executive “of embodying the threat to Spain’s freedom” and urged citizens to continue demanding his departure.
The leader of the far-right Vox, Santiago Abascal, at a demonstration in Madrid, encouraging people to walk the streets at risk to their lives and the entire country. The demonstration is full of fascist flags. #ElVirusSoisVoxotros pic.twitter.com/lfOXJGEJCz
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The government showed “late management in the beginning (of the pandemic), it was bad management. And I think the government will, after all, throw us into an economic crisis,” said Oscar de Lolmo, a 51-year-old engineer who wore a bell decorated with the Spanish flag.
Pedro Sanchez has been confronted for several days with demonstrations with pots and pans in several cities. Protesters accuse the CEO of snapping individual freedoms and incompetence in the face of a pandemic, which has killed nearly 28,600 people in Spain.
Warning permit until June 6
After a bitter debate, the members narrowly voted, on Wednesday, to extend the state of attention until June 6. The government, which does not have an absolute majority, considers it necessary to maintain this exceptional measure in order to continue to restrict freedom of movement during the closure, scheduled in phases until the end of June.
“I came because I think the government of Pedro Sanchez lied to us, that it played with the Spanish health (…) It played with the health of the elderly because it did not give us masks or safety measures to avoid pollution,” Marina Samber concluded , 51, green mask – the color of the Vox party – on the face.
The government members “became the murderer of 40,000 people because if Sanchez had not been in power (…) there would have been far fewer deaths,” said Carlos De Lara, a 43-year-old salesman who came with her 68-year-old father, convinced that the official death toll is greatly underestimated.
Many protesters criticized the strict containment that is still in force in much of Spain, especially in Madrid and Barcelona, where the measures do not begin to be significantly relaxed until Monday.