Thousands of people protest in Madrid demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Sánchez

by Lorraine Williamson
resignation of Pedro Sanchez


Thousands of people gathered in Madrid’s Plaza de Cibeles on Saturday. They demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and protested against the amnesty.

The demonstration took place two days after the pact with ERC and Junts to approve the amnesty law for those charged with the ‘trial’. Leaders of the PP, Vox and Ciudadanos were present. In addition, other well-known faces of the opposition to the Spanish government. They demanded the resignation of Pedro Sánchez.

Demanding resignation of Pedro Sanchez

Protesters braved the bad weather. They carried both Spanish and European flags, and shouted slogans such as “Sánchez to prison” and “Sánchez, liar”.

PP and Vox

The protesters carried banners that read “Not in my name. Neither amnesty nor self-determination”. The PP was represented by the following;

  • Juan Bravo, Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs
  • Ester Muñoz, Deputy Minister for Health and Education
  • Dolors Montserrat, Member of the European Parliament

The leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, was in Córdoba to preside over the meeting for which all the regional presidents of the party have been summoned.

The president of Vox, Santiago Abascal, also took part in the demonstration promoted by the founder of his party and former president of the Catalan PP Alejo Vidal-Quadras. The latter reappeared in public for the first time after the attack four months ago and after participating in a demonstration in France with the National Council of the Iranian Resistance ten days ago.

His former UPyD MP Rosa Díaz and philosopher Fernando Savater were also present at the protests.

Protests against faltering democracy

According to the manifesto, this demonstration is not called because of a particular social or economic policy of the government, but because “the foundations of democracy are at stake”.

This new demonstration against the amnesty and against the Spanish government comes less than two months after the last protest. This was also held in Cibeles and according to figures from the government delegation, some 170,000 people were present.

Also read: Amended amnesty law

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