Some 2,000 people have gathered from 11 a.m. in Madrid’s Plaza de Colón to participate in the concentration that the Unión 78 platform has convened this afternoon to protest against the granting of pardons to those convicted by the October 1 referendum, according to sources from the National Police.
Some of the attendees, many with Spanish flags, carry banners with slogans such as “No to pardons” or “Pardons = Insult”. The concentration organized by Unión 78, made up of people such as Rosa Díez, María San Gil or Fernando Savater, will officially start at 12 noon and will include the reading of a manifesto.
The promoters of this event have been the earliest to arrive, as well as the exporter of the Popular Group in Congress, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, and the writer and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa.
Married, Abascal and Arrimadas will avoid a photo together
The presidents of PP, Vox and Ciudadanos, Pablo Casado, Santiago Abascal and Inés Arrimadas, respectively, attend this concentration but will avoid a joint photo, unlike what happened in a similar demonstration on the same stage called on February 10, 2019.
The three parties have only decided to make statements to the media before the start of the concentration. Married from the door of the headquarters of the PP, in Genova street, accompanied by the Madrid president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, and the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida.
For his part, the leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, has quoted journalists in the same Plaza de Colón, next to the statue of Blas de Lezo.
The president of Ciudadanos, in front of the National Library, which is next to the Madrid square.