Right-wing extremists demonstrate against the government in Spain

Right-wing extremists demonstrate against the government in Spain

Right-wing extremists demonstrate against the government in Spain

Right-wing extremists demonstrate against the government in Spain

Monday – 5 Jumada Al-Awwal 1444 AH – November 28, 2022 AD Issue No. [
16071]

Madrid: «Asharq Al-Awsat»

Thousands of supporters of the far-right Vox party demonstrated in several Spanish cities, including Madrid, against Pedro Sánchez’s left-wing government, which they described as a government of “betrayal, insecurity and destruction”.
According to police, 25,000 people chanted “Go away, Sanchez!” in the center of the Spanish capital in Plaza Colon, chosen for the huge Spanish flag on which many waved the national flag.
“We have a government that runs against its own people, reduced prison sentences for crimes committed and disarmed the police,” Fox CEO Santiago Abascal said during his speech.
The political leader was referring to the forthcoming quashing of the crime of sedition, which saw nine Catalan separatist leaders convicted for their role in their region’s attempted secession in the north-east of the country in 2017. The amendment of the penal code, which is expected by the end of the year, according to the opposition from the right and the extreme right, will encourage new attempts at secession in Catalonia, especially if they are punished with lighter penalties. Santiago Abascal also pointed to “the doubling of sexual assaults since Sanchez came to power and a mad minister who, with the blessing of the government and the political and media left, is making a law so that rapists and pedophiles can finally get out of prison.”
This change will have adverse effects as it will allow some convicts to be released from prison by reducing their sentences. Cesar Peñado, a 65-year-old former truck driver who came to demonstrate, protested that the authorities were “buying votes” and said: “We are governed by a group of separatists who don’t want to be Spanish. That’s why I’m here.”
For her part, Dolores Lopez, a 58-year-old secretary, said, “We can no longer tolerate this administration and the laws it is making without the necessary majority to allow terrorists to be released from prison and rapists to be released.” On In the same square, in February 2019 and then in June 2021, the right and the extreme right mobilized thousands of people to denounce the government’s dialogue with the Catalan separatists. Since its formation, the government, which does not have a majority in parliament, has been forced to engage in constant negotiations with the Catalan or Basque separatists to secure their support.

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