25th February 2024
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Government celebrates failure of ‘rage of the right’

The Spanish government has celebrated the ‘failure’ of Sunday’s rally against its Catalonia policy in Madrid, according to executive sources.

For them, the low number of demonstrators showed that ‘society has turned their back against the rage of the right’.

Around 45,000 people demonstrated this Sunday in Madrid against the Spanish government’s efforts to have dialogue with Catalan pro-independence parties, according to the Spanish government.

The demonstration was called by the People’s Party (PP), Ciudadanos( Cs), and far-right Vox to defend the ‘unity of Spain’ and call for a fresh election. PP and Cs said 200,000 people attended the rally.

Pablo Casado and Santiago Abascal
Spain’s People’s Party (PP) leader Pablo Casado (left) and far-right Vox party leader Santiago Abascal greet protestors during a rally in Madrid against Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on 10 February 2019. (Oscar del Pozo / AFP)

During a speech in Santander, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said he ‘respects’ the protest, but demanded ‘loyalty’ to PP and Cs. In this sense, Sánchez recalled that he gave support to Mariano Rajoy’s government that applied direct rule in Catalonia while he was in the opposition.

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Sánchez defended that he has respected the Constitution and only wants to resolve ‘a state crisis’ aggravated by PP policies during the last seven years.

Meanwhile, Catalan President Quim Torra asked President Sánchez on Sunday to ‘reconsider’ dialogue after ‘the resounding failure’ of the rally in Madrid. ‘We wait for him at the table to talk,’ he offered.

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