Photo: The Vistalegre centre, filled to capacity (Credit: VOX)
By El Nacional staff writers
From 7th October, 2018
The far rightwing VOX party, who are serving as plaintiff in the ongoing 1-O judicial case, filled the Vistalegre conference centre in Madrid this Sunday [7th October]. The objective of the rally they held there, was to give a louder voice to their ongoing call for early elections in Spain. According to the organization, 3,000 people were left waiting outside, since the centre was at capacity, with space for 10,000 people.
In an auditorium full of Spanish flags, thousands of sympathizers of the nationalist Spanish party cried out “Puigdemont to prison” – a rallying cry started by one of the leaders of the party – and “go get ‘em.” Their demand for elections arrives at a time when they could realistically expect to obtain at least one seat in the Spanish Congress, for a Madrid constituency. The speech by the main movers of the party, Javier Ortega-Smith and Santiago Abascal, focused on attacking Catalan independence, immigration and feminism.
VOX presented some of the measures it proposes, such as the deportation of all immigrants without papers, life imprisonment, or the abolition of the law against gender-related violence. Paraphrasing the “America First” of Donald Trump, Ortega-Smith asserted that Vox will put “Spaniards first” and promised “to make Spain great again”.
Vistalegre, as a venue, was a key stage in the careers of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Albert Rivera and, above all, Pablo Iglesias. Targeting the leader of Podemos, Santiago Abascal said “today we do not simply reach the sky”, but “we conquer it”.
The event was attended by various well-known personalities, such as the writer Fernando Sánchez-Dragó, journalist Hermann Tertsch, the bullfighter Morante de la Puebla and Salvador Monedero, father of the founder of Podemos Party, Juan Carlos Monedero.
At the end of the event, the crowd sang the anthem of the Spanish Legion, “The Groom of Death”.
El público de Vistalegre entona El novio de la muerte durante el acto de Vox pic.twitter.com/7qhvhJrgPl
— Luis Abascal (@Abascal9) October 7, 2018