Another wave of protests hit Madrid as costs continue to rise amid Russia-Ukraine conflict
Thousands of farmers and hunters marched through Madrid on Sunday in a mass demonstration dubbed ’20M Rural’, to protest the government’s failure to rein in rising prices amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Farm workers, waving Spanish flags and whistling, marched through the streets accompanied by honking tractors. The demonstrators were protesting against rising fuel, energy and food prices and calling on the government to help the sector, stop speculation and pass new laws to regulate supply chains.
“The campaign came out saying “Enough of the government pimping us and endangering the food and jobs of many people”,said Pedro Barato, head of the agricultural employers’ association ASAJA, adding that if the protesters’ demands were not met, it would demonstrate the “irresponsibility” of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
“Today is the beginning of the search for solutions… Enough is enough, that the head of government stops traveling and starts to acthe told reporters during the march.
Official sources estimate that 150,000 people took part in the ’20M Rural’ mass demonstration in Madrid, organized and promoted by Alianza Rural, COAG, ASAJA and other agricultural workers’ unions. However, organizers reported that more than 400,000 people attended. The demonstration successfully concluded on Sunday afternoon without incident.
The mass protests were supported by leaders of the opposition parties Vox, Partido Popular and Ciudadanos. Santiago Abascal, the president of the far-right Vox party, reportedly demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
A spokesman for citizens in the Congress of Deputies, Edmundo Bal, suggested that the prime minister’s actions were insulting to agricultural workers.
“He treats us like idiots. And he wants us to believe that Putin is responsible for this situation,” he said, quoted by the Spanish newspaper Vozpopuli.
The unprecedented economic sanctions were imposed on Russia by the international community in retaliation for the country’s attack on neighboring Ukraine in late February. The sanctions included measures such as an asset freeze affecting a long list of Russian officials and businessmen, as well as the closure of airspace over most European countries and restrictions on exports. and imports of certain goods, raw materials and energy sources. These sanctions have already had an impact on the global economy, as many countries are now experiencing rising prices for energy, gas and other raw materials due to the disruption of supply chains.
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