Thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday by car in the large cities of Spain, called by the far-right party Vox to denounce the management of the coronavirus crisis by the left-wing government of Pedro Sánchez.
In Madrid, thousands of cars and motorcycles with Spanish flags, circulating slowly, toured around noon (10H00 GMT) the great avenues in the center of the capital, with protesters honking their horns and shouting “Sanchez resign!” or “Freedom!”
The demonstrations, called by Vox in some 50 cities, were also held in Barcelona, Seville, Malaga, Valencia, Córdoba or Bilbao.
The government was “unable to protect its people, its elders and its [trabajadores] restrooms, “vox leader Santiago Abascal reported on a double-decker bus in Madrid.
He also accused the executive of being a “threat to the freedom of Spain”.
“It was a late management at the beginning (of the pandemic); during, it has been a disastrous management. And ultimately I think this government is going to put us in an economic crisis after everything that has happened,” said Oscar de Lolmo , a 51-year-old engineer, wearing a watch decorated with a Spanish flag.
“He lied to us”
Pedro Sánchez has been facing casseroles in several cities for several days.
Protesters accuse the government of limiting individual freedoms and incompetence in the face of a pandemic that left nearly 28,600 dead in Spain.
After an intense debate, the deputies approved on Wednesday the minimum of an extension of the state of alert until June 6.
The government, which does not have an absolute majority, considers it essential to maintain this exceptional measure to continue limiting freedom of movement, during the ongoing lack of confidence until the end of June.
“I think the Pedro Sánchez government has lied to us, I think it has played with the health of the Spanish,” said Marina Samber, 51, who was wearing a green mask, the color of the Vox party.
“They have become murderers of 40,000 people because if it had not been the Sánchez government, this would not have happened, there would have been far fewer deaths,” said Carlos De Lara, a 43-year-old commercial who came to demonstrate with his father. 68 years, convinced that the official balance of victims is underestimated.
Many protesters criticize the strict confinement in force in much of Spain, particularly in Madrid and Barcelona, where the measures will not begin to lift until Monday.
“Medium and small businesses are sinking,” said Ignacio González, 23, an engineering student carrying a large Spanish flag in a car he shared with two friends.