While the socialist Pedro Sanchez is in the process of forming his government, the populist ultra-right party Vox called this Sunday, January 12, to demonstrate in most major Spanish cities. Tens of thousands of people answered the call, calling for a new government that was unacceptable to them.
With our correspondent in Madrid, François Musseau
" Pedro Sanchez, traitor " or " Pedro Sanchez, go away, Spain doesn't want you ". These are some of the slogans that could be seen in many Spanish cities, between a cloud of national blood and gold flags.
At the call of the leaders of Vox, the new populist right-wing party which has become the third parliamentary force in the lower house, thousands of people expressed their anger at the socialist leader. They accuse him of allying himself with the radical left of Podemos , and above all of attempting a dialogue with the Catalan separatists.
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However, for Vox activists and sympathizers, there is nothing to negotiate with the secessionists. In their eyes, it is just necessary to put all their leaders in prison and place Catalonia under the supervision of Madrid, that is to say of the central power.
They fear that Pedro Sanchez and the separatists will seal a secret alliance and contribute, as one of the slogans says, to break up Spain and to put an end to equality between all Spaniards.
With these demonstrations all over the country, Vox proves to be a formation capable of mobilizing thousands of people. Much to the chagrin of the People's Party, its right-wing rival, who fears that the ultra-right will increasingly win over its electorate.