Protest in Madrid due to the amnesty of the Catalan separatists
Several thousand protesters gathered again today in the capital of Spain to express dissatisfaction with the planned amnesty of the Catalan separatists, reported DPA.
The protest is organized by the Spanish opposition People's Party (PP).
- In the name of Spain, put an end to this nonsense, shouted the leader of the opposition Alberto Núñez Fejo of the PP in front of the demonstrators gathered in the park of the Temple of Debod.
According to the organizers, about 15.000 participants gathered, while the police estimated the number of demonstrators at about 8.000.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has agreed to talks with separatist leader Carles Puigdemont's Catalan Junts party in order to secure votes in parliament for his re-election.
Demonstrators today carried banners with the slogans "Sanchez in prison" and "Sanchez traitor to the motherland".
The protests began after representatives of Spain's ruling Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) of Prime Minister Sanchez and Puigdemont began confidential talks in Switzerland on Saturday to resolve the long-running conflict. The first meeting "went well", PSOE negotiator Santosh Serdan said after the meeting.
Puigdemont wants Catalonia to secede from Spain, while Sánchez wants to prevent that and defuse the conflict through dialogue and concessions.
Younts insisted that the talks with PSOE be monitored by a neutral organization that would verify possible outcomes and monitor their implementation.
The diplomat from El Salvador, Francisco Galindo Velez, will mediate during the talks and confirm the possible outcome, PSOE announced on Saturday.