He Popular Party de Madrid showed muscle last Sunday, when he joined 35 different mobilizations throughout the region to protest against the «Celaá law»and defend educational freedom.
It had been a long time since Genoa had seen the Madrid PP with that capacity to mobilize the bases, and they soon congratulated their secretary general, Ana Camins, to which they attribute the “resurrection” of the party in this region. Camins, in fact, follows the strategy set by Pablo Casado, her mentor and main supporter so that in the not so distant future she can be the new president of the Madrid PP, although they still do not want to recognize him in public. The president of the popular has asked the entire party to take to the streets to be close to the citizens and take the lead in their protests, before a government “immersed in its troubles, which has turned its back on the majority.” according to PP sources.
Married and his secretary general, Teodoro Garcia EgeaThey want a PP attached to the people, “when Sánchez has abandoned them.” Close to the people, but also to civil society, with which the opposition leader is holding continuous meetings, now especially in Catalonia in view of the proximity of the regional elections.
This past Sunday, Casado was the only national leader who participated in the street demonstrations (in vehicles, due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic) in Madrid, along with Isabel Diaz Ayuso, José Luis Martínez-Almeida and Ana Camins, as they did at the end of November, in the previous protest.
The offensive against the “Celaá law” is strategic for the PP, given the general discontent it produces in the educational world, especially in concerted education and special education. It is a “niche” of voters that the PP is not willing to give up, and that it wants to represent by leading its mobilizations. The popular launched a campaign to collect signatures, met with educational sectors, announced an appeal before the Constitutional Court and also the repeal of the law, when they govern.
Other leaders of the PP demonstrated in all the provincial capitals of Spain, except in the Basque Country. The message that the popular “recover” the street and take the flag of the protests is decisive at this time in Genoa, to increase its electoral base and establish itself as Sánchez’s visible alternative.
The PP has wanted to be at the forefront of criticism of the Government, on the street and on social networks, in other social issues such as immigration. Casado traveled to the Canary Islands on November 21 to see first-hand the situation due to the massive arrival of immigrants in boats. The government prevented the opposition leader from accessing ground zero, the Arguineguín dock, in an image that earned the PP more than ten speeches. Married, in addition, he managed to mark his terrain and distance himself from Vox’s position.
The popular have also been especially active in protests against illegal “squatting.” His offensive has been parliamentary, but also street. In September, Casado went to Badalona, where he now governs Xavier Garcia Albiol (PP), to recall that so far this year there had been 3,700 illegal occupations, which tripled the figure for 2005. It also presented the comprehensive law against “squatting”. Ten days ago, he returned to Badalona to visit the occupied warehouse where the fire occurred, which claimed three fatalities. Casado showed his “solidarity” with the families of the victims and thanked the security forces and the services that intervened for their work. He warned that “we must row together so that this does not happen again.”
Casado wants the PP’s social agenda to be visualized “so that Spaniards can see that there is a different way of governing”. His meetings with the sectors most affected by the health and economic crisis, which are the same sectors that feel most abandoned by the Government, go in that direction. There are the freelancers and their journey in the desert of the pandemic and the many nods to the hoteliers. He has also wanted to champion the rebellion of the mayors against the local financial asphyxia.
The proximity of the PP to civil society, to voice their demands, extends to sectors such as research. Yesterday, Casado visited the Catalan Institute for Scientific Research, in Tarragona, from where he asked for a State pact to allocate 2 percent of GDP to research.
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