Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Madrid today for a protest by right-wing parties against possible Spanish government concessions to Catalan pro-independence parties, Standard.co.uk reports.
Thousands demonstrate in Spain over Catalon independence campaign
STEPANAKERT, FEBRUARY 11, ARTSAKHPRESS: Some 45,000 demonstrators chanted “Spain” and “we want to vote” as they also called for early elections in the country.
The government's proposal last Tuesday to appoint a rapporteur to facilitate talks among political parties to address the Catalan independence crisis spurred opposing groups into action.
Opposition centre-right and far-right parties called the rally, seeking to make a show of force against socialist prime minister Pedro Sanchez.
In doing so they hope to capitalise on anger with Catalonia's separatist leaders and the government's efforts to establish a dialogue with them.
Popular Party leader Pablo Casado told reporters before the protest: "The time of Sanchez's government has ended.