Rural protests were the protagonists throughout the week with road closures across the Spanish state. The farmers threatened to destroy Madrid and reach the national headquarters of the PSOE, in Ferraz Street, this Saturday. Given this scenario, the spokesperson of the PSOE in Congress, Patxi López, expressed his concern about the “violence” of some protests in the agricultural sector and criticized the call to bring tractor units to the socialist principal- office, because he saw a “political intention” is different from the demands of the field. In an interview this Saturday at RTVE, recognized the concern about the violence seen in some demonstrations in the rural sector of many autonomous communities, which left confrontations between farmers and the police.
López clarified that the PSOE respects “absolutely all” the right to protest and even share part of the demands, but they “do not respect all”, and, therefore, do not think, is the violence seen in some cases of these calls, because according to the socialist spokesman, “violence delegitimizes even the reasons that provoke protests.” The socialist spokesman considered it strange that the protests were encouraged by the Popular Party after they voted against measures promoted by the socialists such as the food chain law or the orders to help farmers and transporters because of increase in transportation costs. .
Farmers’ protests continue this Saturday in different autonomous communities in Spain to show their fatigue due to the crisis they are going through and demand a changing policies that affect them. This Saturday a concentration of producers is planned in Madrid, after intense days that mobilized the center of some provincial capitals and blocked traffic on several communication routes. The 6-F platform-appeared in recent days-calls for its vote Saturday at 6:00 pm on the esplanade of the Metropolitan stadium in Madrid if they can paralyze the demonstrations and concentration of farmers and ranchers or go ahead with a big strike. Valladolid is also one of the cities threatened this Saturday with the intention of boycotting the Goya gala, which is celebrated this Saturday.
After the demonstrations of farmers in France and other countries of the European Union (EU), groups of producers began to create social networks encouraging them to do the same in Spain, with eyes on February 6. This day has many tractors where the great majority of farmers and ranchers participated individually and outside of agricultural organizations; Some of its promoters created the so-called 6F Platform, with spokespeople previously associated with VOX and far-right movements.
Asaja, COAG and UPA called protests in the coming weeks; and Union of Unions prepared a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on February 21. Currently there are road and highway closures, attempts to block ports and logistics centers, attacks of the cyber of the websites of Spanish institutions and the arrest of almost twenty protesters, together with almost 8,000 people facing possible administrative sanctions.