Several thousand supporters of Spain’s populist party took to the streets of Madrid on Saturday to express their discontent with the government’s mismanagement of the Wuhan coronavirus crisis.
In Spain, where more than 28,000 people have died as a result of the government’s poor response to the virus, the authorities have cautiously started to ease restriction measure that were first put in place on March 14. However, in Madrid and Barcelona, where the outbreak was more severe, strict lockdown measures have remained, Spanish newspaper La Razon reports.
Protesters waved Spanish flags, honked horns, and chanted slogans calling for the left-wing government to resign.
El pueblo unido contra el Gobierno del paro y la miseria.
Nunca olvidemos lo que han hecho.
— vox_es (@vox_es) May 23, 2020
Santiago Abascal, the president of Vox, along with other party leaders, showed up alongside demonstrators on the top of an open double-decker bus that was parked in Plaza de Colón. Abascal, who named the protest the “Caravan for Spain and Liberty”, addressed protesters by radio so that everyone could hear him from their vehicles.
“We are here to defend our freedom. The threat to the freedom of Spain is being led by an illegitimate government that has become a criminal government, one that is incapable of protecting its people and is directly responsible for the worst management of this crisis on the whole planet,” Abascal said.
“Let us never forget what they have done to us. Have no doubt that we will take them to the courts. They know it and they are afraid of your freedom, which is why they are trying to intimidate us.”
Todos juntos luchando por
— Estado de Alarma (@EstadoDAlarmaTV) May 23, 2020
Then, the populist leader slammed the ruling leftist coalition government for failing to adequately respond to the virus and believing that “it could trample on the rights of Spaniards”.
“Spain will prevail and we will get our normality back, it won’t be a new one or an old one. We will recover our hopes in the future for our children.”
Although Madrid was certainly the focal point of the protest, smaller demonstrations also took place in Barcelona, Seville, as well as the North African enclaves Ceuta and Melilla.
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