200 organizations gear up for march against far-right in Barcelona

Rally on Saturday will protest against Vox a week before party holds its own demonstration in Catalan capital

Demonstration organised by the Unity Against Fascism and Racism platform (by ACN)
Demonstration organised by the Unity Against Fascism and Racism platform (by ACN) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

March 23, 2019 09:51 AM

The first of two opposing protests is due to take place on Saturday in Barcelona, when 200 organizations will march against the far-right Vox party, a week before the party holds its own protest in the Catalan capital.

"Stop Vox" is the slogan for the march set to begin in the Jardinets de Gràcia at 5pm and that will go as far as the Gran Via Avenue, at the same time as a series of anti-fascist protests take place around the world.

Organized by the Unity Against Fascism and Racism platform, Saturday's march will include the pro-independence Òmnium and ANC groups. The organizers say they decided to focus the protest on Vox because in Spain the far-right "is not an abstract thing."

The following Saturday, on March 30, the Vox party is planning to hold its own demonstration in Barcelona, on the Reina María Cristina Avenue, at the foot of Montjuïc mountain, under the slogan “Catalonia for Spain."

The party says that its protest is in response to the Barcelona council's decision to withdraw permission for it to hold an event in the Palau Sant Jordi stadium. According to Vox, the council's decision was based on "exclusively political reasons."

"No impunity" for far-right, council warns

Barcelona deputy mayor, Jaume Asens, warned the Vox party this week that the local authority will keep a close eye on the protest and will not hesitate to take legal action should it see the least reason to do so.

"We will not let the far right act with impunity in our city and we will be on our guard to make sure that what it says remains within the law. If they overstep the mark by a millimetre, we will act," Asens warned.