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  • Updated: January 21, 2023

Protesters March Against Spanish Government In Madrid

Protesters March Against Spanish Government In Madrid

Thousands protested in Madrid on Saturday against Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s leftist government.

Participants waved red and yellow Spanish flags and called on Sanchez to resign.

Some held up signs with a photo of the Socialist premier calling him a “traitor.”

Around 30,000 people gathered in Madrid’s Cibeles Square for the rally, according to the central government’s delegation in the Spanish capital.

The protest was called by dozens of right-leaning civil society groups and backed by conservative parties including the main opposition conservative Popular Party (PP) and Vox.

The protesters are angered by the government’s decision to abolish the crime of sedition, of which nine separatist leaders were convicted over their role in the Catalonia region’s abortive secession bid in 2017.

It was replaced with an offence carrying a lower prison sentence.

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