Spain News Nearly 50,000 protest protest in Spain against PM’s talks with separatists written by admin February 10, 2019 Under the shadow of a huge Spanish flag that flies above the central Colon Square, the demonstrators waved their own smaller red and yellow versions of the same banner and held signs reading “Stop Sanchez. Elections now!”. Municipal police estimated some 45,000 people had taken part in the protest, which comes just two days before the high-profile trial of Catalan separatist leaders opens in Madrid under the national and foreign spotlight. The rally was called by centre-right Ciudadanos, the conservative Popular Party (PP) and far-right Vox, which has only recently burst onto Spain’s political scene, as well as a handful of smaller far-right groups. They are angered by Sanchez’s decision to take a more conciliatory tone with pro-independence parties, whose votes are crucial to the legislative agenda of his eight-month-old minority government. “The government of Sanchez’s time is up,” PP head Pablo Casado told reporters before the start of the rally. Sanchez came to power in June with the support of Catalan nationalist parties, which voted with him in a no confidence motion against former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose PP was embroiled in a corruption scandal. Polls show that between them the PP, Ciudadanos and Vox would win a majority if a general election were held today, giving them the combined parliamentary clout to drive Sanchez from office. The three parties won a majority in a regional election in the southwestern region of Andalusia in December, ousting the Socialists from power in the region after 36 years. They called the rally after Sanchez’s government last week accepted the presence — as asked by Catalan separatists — of an independent “rapporteur” in future talks between Catalan parties. The right wing parties accused the government of treachery over the move. Despite the government’s concession, Catalan separatist parties still refuse to back the government’s 2019 budget. If Sanchez is unable to approve his budget, he could call elections before his term is over in 2020. Source link againstnearlyprotestseparatistsspaintalks 0 comment 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest admin Momizat Team specialize in designing WordPress themes ... Momizat Team specialize in designing WordPress themes previous post MPs ‘change the way they vote on Brexit’ out of fear for their safety, says Tom Watson next post An Encyclopedic Novel Intent on Reliving the Baby Boomers’ Touchstone Moments. All of Them. Related Articles ATOCHA KILLER: Spanish terrorist, responsible for the Atocha... December 21, 2018 Stacey Dooley to front BBC make-up artist talent... January 24, 2019 Six new signings to watch in La Liga August 19, 2018 COURT THREAT: EU claims Doñana National Park is... February 3, 2019 FIGHTING FOR LIFE: British family launch appeal to... January 2, 2019 WATCH: New beauty trend sees people setting their... December 6, 2018 Spanish marine faces prison over anti-Franco statement February 6, 2019 Costa Women’s guest speaker Jo believes it’s about... March 2, 2019 Spanish government and Catalan leaders meet in fresh... January 18, 2019 Court rules to protect bullfighting as a cultural... December 24, 2018 Leave a Comment Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.