Ciutadans' leader calls on Socialists to join anti-dialogue rally
Arrimadas says Sunday's demonstration in Madrid "is not about parties, but about values"
The leader of the Ciutadans opposition party in Catalonia, Inés Arrimadas, has called on all Socialist officials and members to join the rally set for Sunday in Madrid.
The protest is against the dialogue launched by the Spanish Socialist government and the pro-independence parties, who are currently governing Catalonia. It was prompted by the agreement between the Catalan and Spanish executives to accept an observer in some of the talks on the independence issue.
Unionist Ciutadans, People's Party and far-right Vox joined the protest, which will also demand a fresh election in Spain.
Rally to defend "unity of 47 million people"
In an interview with the Catalan News Agency (ACN), Arrimadas said that "some Socialist members" will attend the rally.
"In Madrid we will defend democracy, equality, freedom, solidarity and the unity of 47 million people"
Inés Arrimadas · Ciutadans' leader in Catalonia
"This rally is not about parties, but about values," she added. "In Madrid we will defend democracy, equality, freedom, solidarity and the unity of 47 million people."
Arrimadas also called on the Socialist officials who do not agree with Pedro Sánchez to "speak clearly, say this is not possible, and withdraw their support" from the Spanish president.
"Sánchez has withdrawn his party from among the parties backing Spain's Constitution," she said.