The demonstration called by civil society this Saturday in Madrid against the amnesty has exceeded its own predictions of success. Organizers estimate attendance at around one million people. The Government Delegation has quantified the participation at 170,000 people, more than double the 80,000 it estimated last Sunday in the rally called by the PP.
They did not speak politicians. Because the call was not theirs either, headed by Foro Libertad y Alternativa, Unión 78, Foro España Cívica, Cataluña Suma, Pie en Pared, S’ha Finish!, NEOS, Association for Tolerance, Catalan Civic Coexistence, From Spanish to Spanish by the Constitution, OLE (Another Electoral Law), Resiste España, Nuevo Espíritu de Ermua and a hundred civic organizations that already promoted another rally in Cibeles on January 21 under the motto ‘For Spain, Democracy and the Constitution’.
But there were eight speeches, which drew great applause from the people of Madrid. Plaza de Cibelesalthough the protesters spread towards Colón, Atochathe Alcalá Gate and the Gran Via.
The president of Is over!, Julia Calvethas opened the speeches with an appeal for the youth to continue “mobilizing” in an “exemplary” way on the streets against the draft Amnesty Law, which must pass through the Cortes in the coming months after the pact between the PSOE and the Catalan independentists.
As a representative of an association that has been the subject of recurring harassment in Catalan universities, Calvet has taken the microphone to ask institutions “with sufficient power” to act: “Don’t abandon us, pick up the phone and stop the coup.” .