By Anna Ellis •
Updated: 24 Sep 2023 • 15:55
40,000 Voices Unite in Spain: Protesting Against Amnesty for Catalan Separatists. Image: Juanma Moreno, PP de Andalucía / Twitter.
Thousands of spirited demonstrators descended upon the vibrant streets of Madrid on Sunday, September 24.
But this was no ordinary gathering. Protestestors from every corner of Spain came together with a shared purpose; to voice their concerns about potential plans by Spain’s acting Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez.
Why the fuss, you ask? Well, the buzz in the air stemmed from worries that Sanchez might be considering amnesty for Catalan separatists as a way to cling to power, despite not clinching a victory in the election.
In a heartening display of unity, these passionate protesters brandished a range of Spanish flags as they thronged Madrid in a show of solidarity with the opposition conservative People’s Party (PP).
Authorities have estimated the crowd size as standing at an impressive 40,000.
Pedro Sanchez, who secured the runner-up spot in the July election, is eyeing a rather unique path to fortify his position.
He’s considering the support of none other than Carles Puigdemont, the exiled former leader of Catalonia. Puigdemont’s Junts per Catalunya party holds a significant seven parliamentary seats, making him quite the power broker.
But, as often happens in politics, this support comes with strings attached; he’s demanding the dropping of legal charges against his fellow separatists as a condition for his backing.
Alberto Nunez Feijoo, leader of the PP, which garnered the most votes on July 23, isn’t having any of it.
He’s unequivocally rejected any talk of amnesty for those involved in the controversial 2017 independence referendum in Catalonia, even in the face of court rulings on the matter.
So, as Madrid echoed with the chants and passion of the demonstrators, it was not just a protest against amnesty talks but a vibrant display of democracy in action.
The Sunday protests serve as a friendly reminder that voices can be heard, and flags can unite.
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Originally from Derbyshire, Anna has lived in the middle of nowhere on the Costa Blanca for 19 years. She is passionate about her animal family including four dogs and four horses, musicals and cooking.
Tiny protest compared to the million in the streets of Barcelona after the illegal jailing of the catalan polititians on middle age charges of “sedition”, a charge that doesn’t exist in other European countries.
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