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Pro­test­ers hold a ban­ner read­ing “Sanchez, re­sign” in Madrid, where tens of thou­sands of peo­ple joined a right-wing rally Sun­day to de­mand that Prime Min­is­ter Pe­dro Sanchez step down for his han­dling of the Cat­alo­nia re­gion’s se­ces­sion cri­sis. Many in the crowd as­sem­bled in Madrid’s Plaza de Colon waved the na­tional flag and chanted slo­gans in sup­port of Spain’s se­cu­rity forces along with call­ing for the So­cial­ist prime min­is­ter’s res­ig­na­tion. The con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion Pop­u­lar Party and the cen­ter-right Cit­i­zens party or­ga­nized the rally, which the up­start far-right Vox party and other far-right par­ties backed. “The time of Sanchez’s govern­ment is over,” said Pop­u­lar Party Pres­i­dent Pablo Casado, who also asked vot­ers to pun­ish Sanchez’s So­cial­ists in May elec­tions.

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