SOME 31,000 people took to the streets of Madrid this Saturday to protest against the Spanish government and demand the resignation of The president of the Socialist Party, Pedro Sánchez.

The demonstration was supported by around 100 right-wing groupsincluding the conservative Popular Party (PP), center-right Ciudadanos (Citizens) and far-right Vox.

The motto of the demonstration was ‘For Spain, for democracy and the Constitution’, according to the Reuters news agency.

Crowds gathered in front of the central Plaza de Cibeles, where Spanish flags were waved, some of which were the pre-constitutional version, a symbol associated with the regime of former dictator Francisco Franco.

Speakers at the event attacked the government – ​​a coalition of the Socialist Party and its junior partner Unidas Podemos – for its policies and decisions, including measures taken to appease the Catalan pro-independence parties and a controversial consent law that has had the unintended effect of reducing prison sentences for some convicted sex offenders.

The only party leader who attended the event was Santiago Abascal, from Vox. He claimed that the government had “trampled on the Constitution by locking up the Spaniards”, referring to the strict lockdowns imposed during the worst days of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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For his part, the general secretary of the Madrid PP, Alfonso Serrano, proclaimed that the region “will be the tomb of sanchismo on May 28, the scheduled date for holding the municipal and regional elections. A general election is also scheduled for some time before December.

One of the most popular posters displayed by members of the crowd was held by a couple named Mari Paz and Javier, according to the Spanish newspaper. The country. The return of compulsory military service for Spaniards was requested.

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