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Spain: Sanchez Compares Far-Right Opposition To Bolsonaro

  • Sanchez compared the VOX party with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

    Sanchez compared the VOX party with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. | Photo: Reuters

Published 12 January 2019

The president compared the opposition with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and warned against "trivializing" gender violence.

Pedro Sanchez, Spain's socialist president, has compared the right-wing opposition to far-right Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro known for his racist, homophobic and misogynist remarks.

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"Today in Spain there are three right wings with one objective, which is involution: they are the 'Voxonaros' of Spanish politics," said Sanchez in an event in Barcelona, playing on the name of the far-right Spanish VOX party and the name Bolsonaro.

During a rally for the Socialist Party in the capital of Catalunya, Sanchez attacked three parties, Popular Party (PP), Ciudadanos and Vox, which have united to gain a majority in Andalucia, where Socialist have been based historically.

The coalition started with negotiations marred by the unsuccessful claim by VOX that the law to combat gender violence needed to be repealed, arguing it harms men and would generate false allegations.

The Spanish president criticized the decision, arguing it only "trivializes gender violence," and warning the parties that "in the 21st century, whoever chooses women as opponents, will indisputably lose."

He also criticized Ciudadanos and the PP specifically for joining forces with VOX, as "embracing the arguments of the extreme right without blushing" for Sanchez only shows there has been "an ideological bankruptcy of the right wing in our country."

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