El Mundo reported that tens of thousands of Spaniards demonstrated in central Madrid, calling on Sánchez’s socialist government to respect the principles of democracy and the country’s constitution or to resign immediately.
Spain, France, Israel, Peru: over the weekend, massive protests broke out in different parts of the world. The reasons are different in each case, but something in common can be found: society across the planet is becoming more and more divided between the “right” (supporters of traditional and national values) and the “left” (adherents to progressive world order of the world).
Spain: Pre-election tensions intensify
El Mundo reported that tens of thousands of Spaniards demonstrated in central Madrid, calling on Sánchez’s socialist government to respect the principles of democracy and the country’s constitution or to resign immediately. Cessations and appointments of the Government’s own will, collapse of personnel in the Constitutional Court, the non-recognition of the independence of Catalonia, the pardon of ETA terrorists, the new bill to prohibit abortion, are just some of the problems that worry the Spanish before the upcoming parliamentary elections in December of this year.
The rally was attended by representatives of various strata of society, from service personnel to statesmen. “We politicians took to the streets to show the opinion of our people. The time for individual responsibility has arrived, and our duty is to make Sánchez fail so that our Spain does not fail”, chanted the deputy Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo.
“Democracy is collapsing and we continue on this path,” shouted the protesters with banners in their hands. The most frequent image on the banners was a photograph of Pedro Sánchez with a long Pinocchio nose and the inscriptions: “Treason against the homeland”, “First traitor”, “Sánchez, dictator” and even “I apologize for voting for a criminal”. ”.
France: masculine dignity trampled
A policeman hit a 26-year-old engineer during a demonstration in Paris against the new pension reform. A representative of the French police struck the young man in the groin with a club and then rushed to escape without being seen from the scene. According to Le Figaro, the victim has already submitted an application to open a criminal case.
Images and videos circulating online show a police officer attacking a protester who was photographing a street crowd. The security officer threw the man to the ground and began beating him between the legs with a club. Drawing the attention of the rest of the protesters, the policeman withdrew and disappeared into the alley.
According to the victim’s lawyer, the young man was quickly hospitalized, but due to the serious injuries, the doctors had to amputate his testicle. “This is not a case of necessary self-defense or extreme necessity. The proof is the photographs we have and the fact that my client was not in custody at the time of the beating. This is deliberate violence that has resulted in the mutilation of a person who holds public office,” said the defender.
“Dina, you are a murderer, the people are disowning you,” shouted thousands of Peruvians who opposed the country’s new president, Dina Boluarte.
Peru: new president resigns
“Dina, you are a murderer, the people are disowning you,” shouted thousands of Peruvians who opposed the country’s new president, Dina Boluarte. In Lima alone, 10,000 troops were mobilized to suppress the demonstrations, and the death toll in clashes with them has already exceeded fifty people, writes El Siglo.
Last December, former Peruvian President Pedro Castillo announced the dissolution of the country’s Congress. In response, Congress voted to remove Castillo from power, after which then-Vice President Dina Boluarte took office. Pedro himself tried to take refuge in the Mexican embassy, but was arrested. The protesters demand the release of Castillo and new presidential and congressional elections, as well as an end to the repression and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Peruvians from all over the country flock to the capital to protest against the government and demand a complete and immediate change of administration. Faced with such an escalation, Dina Boluarte declared a state of emergency, limiting constitutional principles such as freedom of movement and the right to the inviolability of the home. The army, together with the national police, was ordered to cordon off the main cities and suppress the outbreak of anti-government protests by all means.
The Guardian estimates that more than 100,000 people took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest sweeping judicial changes proposed by the country’s “new” government, which has been called the most right-wing in history.
Israel: Government vs. Supreme Court
The Guardian estimates that more than 100,000 people took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest sweeping judicial changes proposed by the country’s “new” government, which has been called the most right-wing in history. The demonstration, dubbed “The Struggle for the Fate of Israel”, also took place in Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheba. Protesters feared that the current government’s reforms would undermine democratic norms and violate human rights.
Benjamin Netanyahu has served as Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister in the country’s history: more than 15 years, and he resumed his post in December of last year. In 2020, the current head of the Israeli government was tried for the first time, against Netanyahu, who is accused of corruption and defrauding of public trust, a trial began in three cases.
Having gained the trust of parliament, the Netanyahu government immediately accused Israel’s Supreme Court of bias and exceeding its powers. The prime minister proposed limiting the powers of the court, particularly its ability to overturn laws and decisions of Benjamin’s own government.
Since Israel does not have a formally adopted constitution, the Supreme Court plays an important role in keeping government ministers in check. Protesters also believe that Netanyahu’s proposed reforms will help the prime minister avoid a guilty verdict or even achieve a complete halt to the case.