Several hundred vehicles have participated in the demonstration called by the far-right party Vox by the center of Madrid in protest against the management of the Government in the coronavirus crisis. A protest called with the authorization of the Government Delegation, under the motto “Government resignation” and in which a dozen of Francoist flags as well as the presence of a dozen people with T-shirts related to fascist groups.
The march started at 12:00 noon with the Vox leaders riding on a double-decker bus painted with the flag of Spain. “A sensible, prudent concentration, to which we have asked all Spaniards to join regardless of its color or his political affiliation “, he highlighted Iván Espinosa de los Monteros. “We want the Spanish to be able to show their protest at the inability of this Government, the inability to solve this health and economic crisis,” he said.
One of the banners denounced the existence of 40,000 deaths from coronavirus, above the almost 29,000 recorded by the autonomous communities, although the Vox spokesperson in the Madrid Assembly, Rocío Monasterio, He assured that “we do not forget that there are thirty thousand dead, thirty thousand families who are still crying, and above all we are going to ask for responsibilities, the virus could be faced with competition or incompetence.”
The march has consisted of hundreds of cars and motorcycles performing a tour behind the bus starting from the Plaza de Colón, going up to Serrano street and returning to Recoletos through Cibeles. From their cars with the windows down and many times getting out of the vehicle, the protesters shouted slogans like “government resignation”: several journalists from radio, television and news agencies have been rebuked by several of them and even at one point the Municipal Police has had to intervene.
T-shirts of fascist collectives
Throughout the morning it has also been possible to see how up to a dozen Francoist flags have flown and how some cars emitted the national anthem with the lyrics of the poet José María Pemán (1928) who adopted the dictatorship. The presence of a dozen people wearing T-shirts linked to fascist and neo-nazi collectives Although they have not starred in any altercation.
On numerous occasions, the attendees have gotten out of their vehicles, many of them have been with the windows down or sitting on the doors or leaving through the sunroofs of the vehicles. During the first hour of the demonstration, in addition, dozens of people have crowded on the sidewalks of the Recoletos and the zebra crossings, making it impossible to maintain the safety distance but wearing the vast majority of surgical masks.
In addition, as can be seen in this audio, several Vox leaders have made football similes with the demonstration. “It is that this is the Spanish selection of politics, this is the best of Spanish politics, serious people, people who fight for Spain,” said Ortega Smith when a journalist asked him if “you have brought a bus almost from the Spanish team, the Euro Cup and the World Cup are missing … “. Later Espinosa de los Monteros has stated that it is impressive, the closest thing I saw to this was when we won the World Cup. “
They allow the demonstrations of Vox in Madrid, Catalonia and Castilla y León
Vox will finally be able to demonstrate by car this weekend in many parts of Spain. At the moment the marches organized in protest by the Government’s management of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez during the COVID-19 pandemic are in Madrid, Castilla y León and Andalusia. In all these communities protests are authorized because “they do not pose a risk to public health”.
For its part, the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has estimated the resources of Vox against the decision of the Ministry of the Interior to suspend said marches and endorses the protest. The magistrates consider that the prohibition “not provided (…) although it serves a legitimate purpose”, that of avoiding the spread of the virus.
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