LETTER FROM MADRID
” Long live the king ! “,” Out the Communists “,” Arriba España “. In front of the police cordon which keeps them away from the house of the leader of the party of the radical left Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, about fifteen extreme right demonstrators shout. One of them, Rafa, turns on the radio of a car, adorned with Spanish flags, so that the national anthem will sound high in this opulent and until then peaceful housing estate of Galapagar, 40 km north- west of Madrid.
It is 8:30 p.m., this Friday, September 11, and it’s gone for nearly two hours of gathering, punctuated by some cries and music and interspersed with negotiations with the Civil Guard to get closer to the house where the vice-president of the Spanish government, his wife, Minister of Equality Irene Montero, and their three children, aged 1 and 3.
Against “the communist dictatorship”
Domingo Aguilera, 60, a supporter of the far-right Vox party and an early retirement telecommunications technician, traveled to Barcelona to demonstrate against what he calls the “Social-communist dictatorship” which, according to him, leads Spain straight to ” famine “.
A speech echoed by Francisco Fugasti, 58, local resident and member of the hard core of the demonstrators, who lets slip his regrets for Franco’s Spain, “When the country was a great power”. Pilar Gabaldon, septuagenarian and also used to the place, considers the situation to be very serious: “Spain is on the brink of civil war. “” I believe in democracy but I cannot stand communism “, she specifies.
This rally, bordering on nauseating folklore, might seem anecdotal if it had not lasted for four months now and was part of a rise in hatred against the government.
It arose in May against the backdrop of the panhandle concerts against pandemic management, when every night at 9 p.m., an hour after the homage to caregivers came the time to scold the left-wing executive. But it only lasted in Galapagar, where every day, without exception, groups, oscillating from ten to fifty people, still gather in front of the large pavilion with swimming pool of Pablo Iglesias, object of fantasy, and which also symbolizes the rise to power and gentrification of the former professor from the popular Madrid district of Vallecas.
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