PP and Vox have participated this Tuesday in the demonstration called by various entities in Barcelona to commemorate October 12. The main novelty of this year (in 2020 there was no demonstration due to the pandemic) has been the absence from the Citizens’ march, whose leader, Inés Arrimadas, did participate in the 2019 demonstration together with leaders from the right and the extreme right.
The leader of Citizens in Parliament, Carlos Carrizosa, explained that the party decided to hold its own act this Monday and participate in the tents of parties and constitutional entities in Plaza Catalunya this Tuesday. “It seemed better to us to be next to the people than to parade behind a banner,” he said.
Carrizosa has denied that the absence of the party in the demonstration responds to a “sanitary cordon” to get away from Vox, he has insisted that the formation did join the signing of the manifesto prior to the march, drawn up by the entities Coexistence Cívica Catalana and Catalonia Sum for Spain. “We prefer to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Day in the form of a liberal party, setting our own profile,” he added.
Before the start of the march, which has gathered a couple of thousand people, the representatives of PP and Vox have criticized the absence of Citizens. “I don’t understand it, and I’m not going to say more. Everyone fits here. Why aren’t Ciudadanos here?”
“Vox is on the street to vindicate our past, our present and our future against Catalonia, which tells us that we cannot take out national flags and that denies us the power to say that we are patriots,” said the Vox leader in the Parlament, Ignacio Garriga, before participating in a march that had dozens of Spanish flags and where slogans were shouted in favor of the unity of Spain and against the former president of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont.
For his part, the general secretary of the Catalan PP, Santi Rodríguez, has charged against the Generalitat for “maintaining hostilities against a good part of Catalonia” and against the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, for, in his opinion, “putting himself in profile “. “In the PP we feel identified with the Constitution, the crown and the flag of Spain,” he added.