The fascist Vox party exploits the corona virus for its political agenda. Some residents in Madrid oppose hate.
MADRID taz | Honking cars with Spanish flags dominated the picture in the centers of the provincial capitals of Spain on Saturday afternoon. Their owners demonstrated against the coronavirus alarm condition, which they call "abuse of office status". Had called for it the radical right-wing party Vox, the third strongest force in the Spanish Parliament. It accuses the left government of using the corona rules to "ruin" the country and also restrict the freedoms of the almost 47 million citizens. The parliament has recently extended the emergency until June 6th.
The largest car parade came in Madrid. According to estimates by the public radio RNE, thousands of cars drove through the canyons. Vox boss Santiago Abascal took the lead in the open bus. The authorities had previously approved the car parade. In Madrid there is still an alarm state, but freedom of expression and demonstration are not restricted.
In addition, many demonstrators came on foot. Many did not comply with the distance rules. The entire leadership team of the far right was among the participants. Spain prevailed against the new communists, said Vox leader Santiago Abascal in a rethoric that deliberately reminds of the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship.
The car parades are not aluminum hat actions like they are can be observed in Germany. The long lines of vehicles are the culmination of coordinated political protests that began ten days ago on Nuñez de Balboa in Madrid. Exactly where the richest capitals live, dozens of people take to the streets every day at 9:00 p.m. They make noise with saucepans and hit golf clubs with traffic signs.
More and more fascists are joining the protests
"Freedom! Freedom! ”They shout, carry flags of Spain, some from the Franco dictatorship. They neither maintain the required physical distance, nor do they wear masks. Nuñez de Balboa is one of the strongholds of the right-wing radical Vox and the conservative Partido Popular (PP). More and more fascist groups join the protests.
Many of the demonstrators are calling for the resignation of the alternative socialist left-wing government under PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez and his deputy Pablo Iglesias. For the rich it is a government that "destroys Spain" and wants to introduce a system "like in Venezuela". The plan to increase taxes for high-earners and companies serves as evidence. In recent decades, the better-off in Spain have gotten used to constant tax cuts, while ordinary earners, on the other hand, have usually had to pay more.
The “walks”, as the participants call their unauthorized actions, have long since spread to other cities. The police do not intervene and even take part in the protests in some places: in Seville, they expressed their sympathy with the political demands by means of a police siren. Even in front of the PSOE headquarters in Madrid and in front of the house of Podemos boss Iglesias, the right-wing angry citizens raised. "We will not rest once you have left Spain," they cried. In the Moratalaz district, dozens of neo-Nazis clashed with other demonstrators.
The digital potting
Such protests are now also taking place in working-class areas in Madrid. The metal clatter can be heard from many balconies, even without pots. How it works? Interested parties can download an app that simulates potting, the daily newspaper La Razón even gives instructions. One speaker is enough to pretend dozens of "angry citizens" on the balconies.
In some quarters of the capital, residents stand up to the pot beaters. In the Ja Concepción district, residents always play John Lennon's song Imagine to drown out the clatter. "We took to the streets to say 'No' to those who want to legitimize a discourse of hatred by taking advantage of this terrible health crisis," the statement said that they left Friday evening.