Right-wingers rally in Madrid, de­mand So­cial­ist PM re­sign

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MADRID | Thou­sands of Spaniards joined a right-wing rally in Madrid on Sun­day to de­mand that So­cial­ist Prime Min­is­ter Pe­dro Sanchez step down.

Many in the crowd gath­ered in the cap­i­tal’s Plaza de Colon, wav­ing Span­ish flags.

They chanted slo­gans in fa­vor of the na­tion’s se­cu­rity forces and for Mr. Sanchez to re­sign.

The con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion Pop­u­lar Party and the cen­ter-right Cit­i­zens party or­ga­nized the rally, which was also backed by the up­start far-right Vox and other mar­ginal far-right par­ties.

They claim that Mr. Sanchez must re­sign for hold­ing talks with sep­a­ratists in the north­east­ern re­gion of Cat­alo­nia.

The po­lit­i­cal ten­sions come as a highly sen­si­tive trial at Spain’s Supreme Court starts Tues­day for 12 Cata­lan sep­a­ratists who face charges, in­clud­ing re­bel­lion, for their roles in a failed se­ces­sion at­tempt in 2017.

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