170,000 people demonstrated in Madrid against the new Spanish government

November 18, 2023 – 8:21 p.m

About 170,000 people marched through the streets of Madrid on Saturday to protest against the amnesty law of the new Spanish government, wrote the .

In several cities of Spain at the beginning of November, against Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his government. After the general election held in July, the president of the Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) was only able to retain power with the support of the Basque (PNV) and Catalan (Junts per Catalunya) regional parties. As part of the deal, he promised full amnesty to all participants in the Catalan independence drive, including those who fled to Belgium. The separatist Catalan leaders were previously prosecuted in Spain for sedition, embezzlement of public funds and other crimes.

The amnesty law applies to persons subject to legal proceedings due to the Catalan independence consultation held in 2014 and the 2017 referendum, which was declared unconstitutional, but it covers a wider period, from 2012 to 2023.

Protesters against Spain's amnesty law in Madrid on November 18, 2023 - Photos: Susana Vera / Reuters Protesters against Spain's amnesty law in Madrid on November 18, 2023 - Photos: Susana Vera / Reuters

Protesters against Spain’s amnesty law in Madrid on November 18, 2023 – Photos: Susana Vera / Reuters

The planned amnesty law caused a huge outrage in Spain. This Saturday’s march in Madrid was the largest movement against the draft law so far, the authorities estimated the number of demonstrators at 170,000. Alberto Núñez Feijóo, leader of the opposition conservative People’s Party, and Santiago Abascal, leader of the far-right Vox party, also participated in the march organized by civic groups.

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