The Madrid City Council is “a few votes away”. The change in the Community of Madrid is a “moral obligation”. The candidates of Más Madrid Rita Maestre and Mónica García said this Saturday in the Plaza Mayor, in their central campaign act, where they have claimed as the useful vote against the governments of José Luis Martínez-Almeida and Isabel Díaz Ayuso. “We want to be the common home of all progressives from Madrid,” García defended during his rally. “Let them feel the color they feel, take the Más Madrid ballot”, added the candidate for the Community of Madrid. And she has insisted: “They know that Más Madrid is their natural habitat.”
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This Saturday, the group filled the historic Plaza Mayor in Madrid with supporters who, shouting “president” and “mayor”, gave way to the candidates at a rally in which Carla Antonelli, Félix López Rey and Íñigo Errejón also participated. The most emotional moment of the act occurred when in the Casa de la Panadería behind the stage, a municipal building where weddings are made official, an LGTBi couple said yes and went out on the balcony to greet with the trans flag while Antonelli pronounced his speech. Another couple came out later during the Rita Maestre rally waving a Más Madrid flag.
“It’s nice to see this square bursting with good people,” began Mónica García. “We are going to leave our skin to wake up”, she continued, recalling that ‘we slept, we woke up’, which on March 15, 2011 filled the Plaza del Sol, a few meters from the place where Más Madrid has gathered a few thousand people. “We will remember this day. We are going to remember this square as the place where we were before throwing out Almeida and Ayuso”, said the presidential candidate.
During her speech, Rita Mestre has appealed to those who are still too undecided, which she has said reflect the polls. “We can achieve it”, she has assured, although she has warned that there are still “tens of thousands of undecided people” to whom she asks how she has improved their lives with the governments of Ayuso and Almeida. “We did not come to be second, we did not come to compete for being the opposition”, has defended the candidate of Más Madrid for Mayor of Madrid.
“To those who doubt, we must tell them that there is a better, progressive, modern Madrid that lives up to their efforts. And that is achieved by voting for Más Madrid, voting for El Cañaveral, for Sanchinarro, for Butarque, for Las Rosas, for the Carabancheles, for San Isidro, for San Diego, for Lavapiés, for Centro. It is achieved by voting for dykes and fags, for pediatricians, for your children’s teachers, for your children, for Madrid, for Más Madrid”, Maestre insisted.
More direct has been Mónica García who has asked to unite the progressive vote in her candidacy and has assured that they are close to one million votes on May 28. In this sense, García has appealed to the vote of all the progressives so that Más Madrid is the “common home” of all of them “feel the color they feel”.
The candidate for the Community of Madrid has proclaimed herself as the savior of public health on 28M and has also spoken about housing, education and the residence model. Mónica García has immediately regretted that on her part Ayuso is focusing his campaign on ETA. “There is nothing more miserable than hiding behind the victims,” lamented García. “It cannot be that when we ask about housing the answer cannot be ETA, when we ask about education the answer is Bildu, when we ask about health it is Bolivarians.”
García picked up a cup of coffee and drank it in front of the attendees, recalling the famous phrase ‘relaxing cup of café con leche’ that former mayor Ana Botella uttered when Madrid aspired to be the Olympic capital. “We are going to have a relaxing cup of dignified policies, a relaxing cup of public health…”. In the middle of the campaign, Más Madrid feels strong and asks everyone who wants to “repeal” Ayuso and Almeida to vote.