The president of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado, attacked Podemos this Thursday, as a coalition government partner, for encouraging violent altercations such as the one that occurred yesterday in the Madrid neighborhood of Vallecas during a Vox pre-campaign event and that ended with four arrested and 35 wounded. “My concern is that there are parties that are part of the Government of Spain that justify and encourage these unacceptable attacks in any Democratic State,” said Casado during his speech at a medical conference. The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, stressed that “no type of violence has a place” if “we aspire to a tolerant society, in coexistence and in which each one can have their ideas while respecting others.” During a visit to the Getafe air base, the socialist minister has also shown all her support to the security forces and bodies, since 21 of the 35 injured in these riots were national police.
Pablo Iglesias himself, who on Wednesday had already expressed his position through Twitter, defended this Thursday in a video published on social networks that the concentration of the “extreme right-wing of Vox” was organized with “the absolutely deliberate and obvious purpose to provoke altercations in the neighborhood ”. The leader of United We Can, candidate for the 4-M elections, is forceful and points to the party of Santiago Abascal as the instigator of the altercation. “They insult the neighbors, they threaten them, they throw objects at them, all the videos are on the networks for anyone who wants to see it, and when they see that it doesn’t work for them and that they were not going to get what they were looking for, Abascal, from the rostrum, he says that ‘going for them’ and surrounded by several of his thugs, he breaks the police cordon, causing a charge that also leaves several journalists beaten, ”says Iglesias. “The whitewashing of racism, machismo, homophobia and hatred that we are seeing in many media represents an immense danger for democracy,” criticizes the former vice president. “It is becoming normal for the president of the Community of Madrid to say that fascism is the good side of history. Well, look, no. The correct side of the story is the side on which the residents of Vallecas are, ”he says. “It’s fascism is not a respectable option,” and neither is racism, homophobia or machismo, adds Iglesias, who assures that “rejecting all this is not only legitimate, it is a duty for any democrat.”
In the same vein as the United We Can candidate, the party spokesperson and number two on the list for the Community of Madrid, Isabel Serra, had expressed herself hours before, who considers that Vox went to Vallecas to “provoke and seek violence”. Serra has defended in statements made to the media after a meeting to inquire about the situation in the Cañada Real that the actions of the neighbors before the police charges were “absolutely peaceful.”
Already on Wednesday, the party’s spokesman, Pablo Echenique, also blamed the organizers for having caused the riots. “Today some posh have gone to Vallecas to try to provoke the neighbors with bravado. They have peacefully reminded them of the little love for work that their boss has and he has gone after them to cause a burden, “he said on Twitter. The new Minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Ione Belarra, published a message on the same social network in which she accused Vox of going to Vallecas to “win votes in the Salamanca district by spreading its hatred and violence.” “Thanks to the residents of Vallecas who have said no to fascism,” wrote the minister of Unidas Podemos.
The leader of the PP has expressed his emphatic condemnation of yesterday’s attacks and has assured that “any democrat is utterly repulsed.” “I want to roundly condemn the acts of violence suffered yesterday by the representatives of Vox, with its president Santiago Abascal at the head, and his candidate Rocío Monasterio,” he stressed.
Both Casado and Minister Margarita Robles and the leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, have sent messages of support to the security forces. Despite this, Abascal has charged the Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska. “Marlaska is directly responsible for all the attacks that occurred. He set up a gigantic police device that was not used properly ”, he has criticized in two interviews on Antena 3 and Telecinco. In addition, the Vox leader has insisted that the National Police agents had received orders “not to act” to prevent these “attacks” on Vox supporters. The Interior Ministry has argued that the number of police officers deployed was adequate for these “complex” circumstances.
Toni Cantó, export spokesperson for Citizens in the Valencian Community and number 5 on the PP list for the Madrid elections, has assured that “any Spanish democrat has the right to do whatever they want in Spanish territory.” In an interview on RTVE, Cantó said that he was not going to “assess whether Abascal wore the skirt too short”, referring to the comments that have sometimes been made in certain areas in situations of sexist aggression and in which alludes to the alleged previous provocation of the victim by his clothing or attitude. For her part, the president of Ciudadanos, Inés Arrimadas, has referred to the “violent images” that condemn “absolutely, without excuses or justifications as others do,” she pointed out.