Thousands protest over soaring prices in Spain — Analysis

Madrid was hit again by another wave of protests, as the cost of living continues to increase in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

On Sunday, thousands of hunters and farmers marched through Madrid in an unprecedented demonstration called “20M Rural,” protesting against the government’s inability to curb rising prices amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Wailing Spanish flags, whistling and waving, the agricultural workers marched along with tractors, blowing their horns, through the streets. Protestors were asking for help from the government in order to end speculation and regulate the supply chain.

The countryside has come to say ‘Enough of the government pimping us and putting the food and work of many people at risk,’” said Pedro Barato, head of the agricultural employers’ association ASAJA, adding that if the protesters’ demands were not met, it would demonstrate the “irresponsibility”Pedro Sanchez, Spanish Prime Minister.

Today is the start of looking for solutions… Enough is enough, let the head of government stop traveling and start acting,” he told journalists during the march. 

According to official sources, 150,000 people were present at the event. “20M Rural” mass protest in Madrid, which was organized and promoted by Alianza Rural, COAG, ASAJA and other agricultural worker’s unions. The organizers claimed that more than 400,000 participants took part. It was over without any incident on Sunday afternoon.

Leaders of the opposition party Vox, Partido Popular, and Ciudadanos supported mass protests. Santiago Abascal (the president of Vox), reportedly called for the resignation of Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of the far-right Vox Party.

A spokesman for Citizens in the Congress of Deputies, Edmundo Bal, hinted that the PM’s actions were insulting to agriculture workers.

“He treats us like idiots. And he wants us to believe that Putin is to blame for this situation,”According to Vozpopuli, he said that. 

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The unprecedented economic sanctions were imposed on Russia by the international community in retaliation for the country’s attack on neighboring Ukraine in late February. These sanctions include asset freezes that affected a large number of Russian businessmen and officials, and the closing of most European airspace. They also restrict exports and imports for certain goods, raw material, and energy resources. The disruption to supply chains has already caused many countries to experience rising energy and gas prices.

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