Society 04/03/2021

Spanish government delegation in Madrid bans Women's Day demonstrations

José Manuel Franco alleges "public health reasons" and claims to have studied the requests "in detail"

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8-M demonstration in Madrid

The Spanish government delegation in Madrid has banned all demonstrations planned for Women's Day on Sunday 7 and Monday 8 March that had been communicated to them. It has taken the decision after studying each of the requests "in detail" and taking into account the confluences between the concentrations "for reasons of public health at a time when the Comunity of Madrid continues to be one of the territories of Spain with a higher rate of contagions, as well as of people hospitalized, which is above the national average", as indicated by the delegate of the Spanish government José Manuel Franco, who will appear today to report the decision.

The debate is guaranteed after the triple right has insisted on the accusations that the demonstrations of 8-M of last year were one of the reasons for the emergence of the first wave of the coronavirus in Spain - without taking into account that that day there were also major sporting events and the congress of one of the parties, Vox-. Despite the fact that the feminist event initially divided the Spanish government - whilst the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias (PSOE), advised against participating in them, Podemos assured that if they were to be convened, they would join in -, finally they jointly agreed not to participate in the demonstrations.