THOUSANDS of people have taken to the streets in cities across southern Spain in protest against the rise of a far-right party.
Vox, which is against immigration and wants to recentralise power, won 12 seats in the Andalucían regional election on Sunday — well ahead of its expected five — and could now be the kingmaker.
Demonstrations took place in capitals across Andalucía, including Granada, Malaga and Seville where hundreds of people marched from Plaza de la Encarnación to the regional assembly and City Hall.
Protesters blocked traffic and chanted: ‘It’s fascism, not democracy,’ and: ‘Refugees welcome.’ Law student Carlos Caballero told El Pais: ‘Vox’s presence in the Andalucían parliament is shameful.’ Protester Julia García, added: ‘There are people who think like them, and now they’ve seen that their vote could be useful.’
In Granada, about 5,000 people joined a protest in front of City Hall, according to police estimates. The incumbent Socialists, who have governed Spain’s most populous region for 36 years, could be ousted if the conservative Popular Party, the centre-right Ciudadanos and Vox form a coalition.