Spain, 100 thousand on the streets against the agreement between Sanchez and the Catalans for amnesty

The Spanish Parliament will vote on Thursday to confirm the new government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who has secured the support of Catalan separatist parties. Parliamentary debates will begin at 11am on Wednesday, with a confidence vote expected on Thursday, said Chamber President Francina Armengol. In exchange for the votes of Catalan separatists, Sánchez accepted a controversial amnesty for people involved in the failed 2017 secession attempt. Meanwhile, demonstrations continue in the capitals of all the country’s provinces. Vox and the small liberal-leaning centrist party Ciudadanos (Citizens) also joined.

More than one hundred thousand people demonstrated yesterday in Spain against the planned amnesty for Catalan separatists. Amnesty was promised by interim Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, to two Catalan separatist parties, to guarantee their support for another four-year term, which is expected to be confirmed in the coming days. Participants in the largest demonstration in Madrid brandished signs saying “No to amnesty, yes to the Constitution” and “Sánchez traitor”. Representatives of the largest opposition party, the conservative Partido Popular (PP), argued that democracy in Spain was in danger. For the leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the protests will continue until new elections are called. Organizers estimate the number of participants in the demonstrations in Madrid alone at 500,000, while the government spoke of 80,000. There is currently no data available for the entire country.

Source: IL Tempo