« Tens of thousands of supporters of the centre-right Popular Party (PP) marched through Madrid on Sunday against the government, two days ahead of the voting for the possible inauguration of PP leader Alberto Nuñez Feijooo.
The government reported around 45,000 people took part in the protest, while PP claimed the participation was of over 65,000 people. About 200 buses carrying party supporters arrived in Madrid to take part in the march.
Footage shows demonstrators getting off a bus and later marching on the streets, chanting slogans such as ‘Pedro Sanchez is a traitor’ and ‘No amnesty’, referring to a possible amnesty for Catalan independentist leader Carles Puigdemont.
The rally came after Sanchez may reportedly consider offering amnesty for those convicted for Catalonia’s self-determination referendum in 2017, including Carles Puigdemont.
« We are against giving amnesty to people who really want to destroy Spain, to people who are not defending the unity of Spain, and we don’t want criminals to be able to have this kind of privilege as an amnesty », a protester said.
Next Tuesday and Wednesday, Congress will debate the inauguration of PP leader Alberto Nuñez Feijoo. If, as expected, Feijoo does not obtain the absolute majority needed to be sworn in as president, a new congressional vote will be called
If the voting process fails to produce the necessary majority by 27 November, the King of Spain will dissolve the parliament and new elections will be held in the country on 14 January. »