Hawke's Bay Today

Madrid protests


Tens of thousands of people have joined a right-wing rally in Spain’s capital 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 political tensions come as a highly sensitive trial at Spain’s Supreme Court starts today for 12 Catalan separatist­s who face charges, including rebellion, for their roles in a failed secession attempt in 2017. Sanchez inherited the Catalan conflict from former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

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