The Communist Party of Spain, whose leader is number two in the Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, is chartering buses from all over Spain so that its members and supporters can attend the demonstration to be held on Sunday in Madrid against the Summit of NATO, whose host is the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez.
As EL ESPAÑOL has learned from internal training sources, the PCE is providing coaches from communities such as Asturias, Valencia, the Basque Country, Andalusia, Catalonia and Castilla y León. The march will take place from the Atocha Station to the Plaza de España, just three days before the Summit begins.
The PCE is not the official convener of the demonstration, but its main leaders are urging their supporters to attend the protest. One of those people is Henry SantiagoSecretary of State of the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 who directs Ione Belarra.
[Interior activa controles masivos de personas y comunicaciones por la cumbre de la OTAN]
Enrique Santiago has shared a video on his social networks in which he encourages mobilization and blames NATO for the invasion of Ukraine, for being “a consequence of its permanent expansion to the east”. “We do not want the NATO summit to be held in Madrid and we are going to support the demonstrations”, Add. Despite this, he does not give up his place in the Ministry.
Wars are always lost by peoples. That is why we are participating in the Peace Summit in response to the NATO Summit and calling for participation in the great international demonstration against the war on June 26 in Madrid. #OTANNO26J #NotNATO26J pic.twitter.com/s0ql2jnrii
– Enrique Santiago (@EnriqueSantiago) June 6, 2022
For 20 euros, the PCE facilitates the trip to the demonstration for those who come from León. The price includes round trip.
The convener of Sunday’s demonstration is an old acquaintance of the State Security Forces and Corps for altercations and arrests at other public gatherings. His name is Aitor Otaduy Paz and he was already arrested by the National Police in a protest by radicals of the extreme left in 2012. He belongs to the Izquierda Castellana collective.
This and other related groups such as the Madrid Anti-Repression Movement have been encouraging mobilization against what they call “the Crime Summit” or “the NATO massacres” for weeks.
Otaduy had called a second anti-NATO march for June 29, the official opening day of the summit. However, the Government Delegation has decided to ban it, as confirmed to EL ESPAÑOL.
The Madrid Police Headquarters sent a report to the Government delegate explaining that the march was “incompatible” with the security of the event, since its route coincides in time and hour with the gala dinner with the heads of state that President Sánchez will preside over that day at the Prado Museum.
The authorities also understand that the right to demonstrate and to protest is guaranteed with the demonstration allowed for this Sunday. That to which the Communist Party, with one foot in the Government and the other in the street, will send buses from all over Spain.
We can, in the demonstration
United We Can has confirmed that it will attend the anti-NATO demonstration on Sunday, although it has not specified who will represent the formation. Its leader and minister, Ione Belarra, justified her support on Wednesday because “you don’t eat with bullets, you don’t heal with bombs and you don’t put out fires with tanks.”
The State Platform for Peace is also organizing this Saturday a conference baptized with the name “Summit for Peace” in which the former deputy of United We Can for Malaga Eva García Sempere, member of the United Left Executive, participates.
Another of the participants is the federal spokesperson for the same formation, Sira Rego. Alberto Garzón, leader of IU and Minister of Consumption, still has not wanted to reveal if he will attend the protest.