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Thousands demonstrate in Spain over Catalon independence campaign

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

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.

Those against this deemed the move a betrayal and a surrender to pressure from Catalan separatists.
Their chants filled the Plaza de Colon in the city centre in the largest protest prime minister Sanchez has faced in eight months in office.

Popular Party leader Pablo Casado told reporters before the protest: "The time of Sanchez's government has ended.


     

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