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The second act of the PP against the possible amnesty for the crimes of the independence process was not intended as a staging of force, like the one that exceeded expectations in Madrid, on September 24, with more than 60,000 attendees, but as a flying goal on the road to the investiture of Pedro Sánchez. Unlike the previous street mobilization, this was a rally.

Specifically, a pre-campaign rally, with harangues of vindication and calls to the polls to vote "amnesty yes or amnesty no". In Toledo's Town Hall Square - punished by an icy wind - 1,000 people were expected and about 1,300 have come.

As there is no date yet for the investiture (it depends on PSOE and Junts reaching a pact), the Popular Party has decided to hold an event in the street every Sunday to denounce the bankruptcy of the "equality" of all citizens: Toledo (today), Malaga (on October 29) and Valencia (on October 5), for now.

"We are in the streets because we are the majority, the calm, optimistic majority, who believe in Spain," said Alberto Núñez Feijóo. "This is much more than a rally. Here we are summoned by 45 years of democracy that we are not willing to let anyone take away from us. The right to progress in freedom and equal opportunities is inalienable," the Galician leader emphasized.

In the central part of his speech, Feijóo accused Pedro Sánchez of "disturbing democracy" with his concessions to the independence movement: "They get into an office to make a pact against the Spaniards. They are the ones who have cornered themselves in the offices, the reserved ones and the furtive meetings" to seek "the benefit of a few", he exclaimed.

"They have completely neglected the country; it is not a caretaker government, but a dysfunctional government", he stressed, to contrast it with "the Spain of free and equal" that represents, in his opinion, the PP. "History will judge him, the ballot boxes will judge him and that will be his final point", he said about the acting president of the Executive.

Feijóo's rallying and pre-electoral tone is due to the fact that he believes that there may be a repeat election, but also because he considers that, if there is an investiture, the legislature would be short and diabolical for Sánchez. "Maybe I can form a government, but that government will be born broken. He will assume the presidency as a resigned president, because he will have failed to fulfill his main duty in office, which is the equality of all Spaniards," he said.

"He, He, and He"

For the PP leader, all the concessions to Junts are due to the fact that "Pedro Sánchez only loves himself" and looks after his personal interests before the equality of all Spaniards. "He, him and him," he stressed.

Again without mentioning Emiliano García-Page (he never does so when he visits his community), Feijóo has scolded the PSOE barons for not attending the event in the Senate on Thursday. "Their presidents haven't gone to the Senate because they don't have anything good to say on behalf of their party. That's why they talk a lot and don't do anything," he said.

"If the PSOE were sure that it had the support of the Spanish people, we would go to elections to vote if we agree with the amnesty," he claimed, "but the PSOE has no self-respect left." "If he had any self-love left, he would not have to go through the embarrassment of retracting everything that was said" about the amnesty, nor would he be "silent and servile" before Junts and ERC, he added.

"Encroaching on the legislative branch"

"And I wouldn't have ministers who are equidistant, ambiguous and even condescending to acts of terrorism" in Israel. "And if the PSOE had self-respect, it wouldn't shake hands with Bildu," he insisted. "Someday the PSOE will look back and be ashamed of all this," he concluded.

Finally, Feijóo accused the government of "invading the legislative power" and "controlling the judiciary". "We want a Spain in which justice is not à la carte of those who commit crimes," he said.

"They shut down Congress from time to time," he said, "because they can't stand us being the majority group." Faced with this, he pointed out that "of course we are going to open the Senate", and revealed that the proposals of the PP barons in the Upper House, on Thursday, will become an initiative that the PP will take to the plenary session so that they have to vote on the amnesty.

  • PSOE
  • PP
  • Senate
  • Pedro Sanchez
  • Emiliano García-Page
  • CKD
  • Israel
  • Bildu
  • Alberto Núñez Feijóo
  • Amnesty