Far-right rally in Madrid draws thousands angry with Spanish government – Ireland

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Thousands of Spaniards have protested in Madrid against the Socialist-led government at a rally organised by marginal right-wing groups.

The protesters gathered in front of the Spanish parliament on Saturday, many holding either the current-day Spanish flag or its predecessor that stood for the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.

The crowd shouted slogans against Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, calling him a “separatist” for his willingness to meet with the pro-independence leaders of the north-eastern region of Catalonia.

No member of a mainstream political party attended the rally.

Mr Sanchez took power early this year after then prime minister Mariano Rajoy lost a no-confidence vote following a corruption scandal in his conservative party.

Catalan separatist parliament members contributed to Mr Rajoy’s downfall in that vote.

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