Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Barcelona against the “amnesty” and the “referendum” on self-determination, which the Catalan nationalist formations are currently negotiating with the acting president of the government and leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE). ) to facilitate his re-election to office. The protest, one of the largest in recent years, was called by the civil platform Catalan Civil Society (SCC), which emphasized the validity of the current territorial model of the Spanish State and during the march slogans from in type. “Puigdemont, in prison” and “Sánchez, traitor”.
The SCC is a conglomerate of people and groups that defend the connection of Catalonia to Spain, in the current state of autonomy. Six years ago, in the midst of the process of unilateral secession, this group brought hundreds of thousands of people to the streets to oppose the declaration of independence, which ultimately did not succeed. Prominent socialist leaders also participated in the protest, in fact the one in charge of giving the central speech was Josep Borrell, who is currently the high representative of the foreign policy of the European Union (EU) and once became the chancellor of the Executive Peter said. Sánchez.
Six years ago, the SCC focused its criticism against the government of Sánchez, because of its agreements with the previous legislature on Catalan and Basque separatism, but above all for open negotiations to achieve his investiture, where the central and decisive character is the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont , who lives in Brussels since October 2017 and is a defendant in the Spanish courts.
According to figures from the Barcelona Urban Guard, the march brought more than 50 thousand people, who spread through the city center and filled one of the most symbolic streets, Paseo de Gracia. The estimates of the organizing organization raised the participation of more than 300 thousand people, in any case it was a large demonstration and one of the largest in recent years, where the freedom movement lost -an in the presence of its protests.
road For example, on the last anniversary of October 1, 2017, when the referendum was held, they were only able to mobilize four thousand people.
The Spanish right-wing and extreme right-wing parties are the main political supporters of the demonstration, with the presence of the main leaders of both parties. The PP was in Barcelona from its highest leader, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, to some of the most important presidents of the region, such as the Madrid-born Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the Andalusian, Juanma Moreno, the Aragonese, Jorge
Azcon, and the Murcian, Fernando López Miras. Vox is represented by its national leader, Santiago Abascal, and the main members of its Executive, including its regional leader in Catalonia, Ignacio Garriga.
From the platform of the SCC they insist on a message, which according to them is the cry of another part of Catalan society, the one that is not nationalist and which according to their half: “On October 8, 2017, we Catalans defend the our Spanish. from Catalonia and show our loyalty to the institutions of the State. In recent years, the separatists have boasted that they will do it again.
Their actions were achieved with impunity and undermined the strength of the State and its credibility. So we are
We show to stop the absurd and prevent those who hate Spain from being decisive in the management of the country. And we say it loud and clear: not in my name; neither amnesty nor self-determination.”
Núñez Feijóo told the media that the protest to say “yes to the freedom of citizens, yes to the word given, yes to politics with principles, yes to the Constitution, yes to the Statute and yes to all the Catalans who abandoned by the Socialist Party. This is not amnesty seeking reconciliation. All he is looking for is the Presidency of the Government.