View of the Royal Stand with the passage of “Galicia” Regiment No. 64./ Photo: Casa de SM el Rey
The Diplomat. 13/10/2018
Catcalls, boos, request for elections and shouts of “squatter” were what the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, had to listen yesterday when arriving and leaving the stand from which followed, under the presidency of the King and Queen, the military parade on the occasion of the National Day.
People gathered next to the stand of authorities, in the Paseo de la Castellana, received the arrival of Sánchez’s car with whistles, shouting “Get out” and booing. Even some insults were heard, an attitude that was repeated when the Prime Minister was next to other authorities and when he left the area, after the parade concluded.
It is not the first time that a President of the Government lives this situation. Sánchez commented later, at the reception in the Royal Palace, talking informally with journalists: “I won’t be less than Gónzalez and Zapatero”.
Tens of thousands of people march for the unity of Spain in Barcelona
Beyond these incidents, the parade, which involved some 4,000 soldiers from the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, and 152 vehicles as well as troops from the Civil Guard, the National Police, Civil Protection services of autonomous communities and the City of Madrid, and Maritime Rescue, was carried out under an intermittent rain.
The main novelty was that the King placed on his right side not the Queen, but his daughter Doña Leonor, the Princess of Asturias, in a gesture interpreted as a desire to emphasize the continuity of the Crown, when Catalan separatist parties and Podemos have reinforced their attacks on the Monarchy.
Meanwhile, in Barcelona, tens of thousands of people – 300,000, according to the organizers and 65,000, according to the Guardia Urbana- went out in defense of the unity of Spain and to demand “respect for the King and the symbols of Spain, such as the anthem and the flag “.
After the reception at the Royal Palace, the King and Queen traveled to Mallorca to express their closeness to the residents of the municipality of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, affected last Tuesday by severe floods in which at least twelve people died.