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 ‘Too much tourism’ on agenda at Madrid travel... January 24, 2019 Uber and Cabify suspend services in Barcelona in... January 31, 2019 COMMON GROUND: Residents groups unite to protect homeowners... February 11, 2019 Euro Weekly News speaks to The Observer about... February 4, 2019 One year on, Spain remembers victims of Barcelona... August 18, 2018 Answer this: Just how bad is the bureaucracy... February 5, 2019 WATCH: Recovery mission after road in Spain gobbles... November 12, 2018 El Gordo: Everything you need to know about... December 13, 2018 What you need to know about Spain’s 2018... December 18, 2018 British embassy welcomes the Spanish government’s new web... January 16, 2019 Leave a Comment Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.