Seville: Spain’s powerful feminist movement rallied across the country on Tuesday against far-right party Vox for seeking to scrap tough laws against gender violence which it argues “criminalises” men. Thousands of people, mainly women, gathered outside Andalusia’s regional parliament in Seville, where Vox will Wednesday endorse a conservative coalition government made up of the Popular Party and Ciudadanos, putting an end to 36 years of Socialist rule in Spain’s most populous region. The demonstrators — many wearing purple, a colour long associated with gender equality — chanted “Our rights are not negotiable”.
Crowds gathered across the country in the evening for protests against Vox, notably in the capital Madrid and Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city. “We have to keep fighting with all means at our disposal against machismo violence,” said Seville campaigner Isabel Britos, 48. The main slogan for the protests called by feminist groups is: “No step backwards in terms of equality”. Feminists are angered because Vox has made scrapping tough laws against gender violence one of its main priorities. The party says these laws encourage unfounded complaints against men by women “without scruples”. Vox, which also campaigns against illegal immigration, has also called for an end to “subsidised radical feminist associations”.