May 26, 2020

8M: Feminist demonstrations return this Sunday to Spain – La Provincia

The feminist manifestations will happen again this Sunday March 8 in at least twenty Spanish cities and municipalities to commemorate the International Women’s Day. Unlike 2018 and 2019, this year there has not been a feminist strike and there will be no call for women to stop, but will call for mobilization.

Thus, the state 8M Commission, composed of feminist assemblies from all over Spain, will not launch a joint call to strike, as it did in 2018 and 2019, but will support and disseminate the different calls decided in different commissions of the feminist movement. This year, most have chosen not to call a strike.

In the manifesto that they will read this Sunday, agreed by more than 500 women, they emphasize that they represent “a global shout of various thoughts” and they are “united against patriarchy and willing to fight to build better lives.” Thus, they expect the mobilizations to be “a success.”


For now, the Ministry of Health it is not necessary to suspend them for the coronavirus, although it has recommended that people with symptoms not come. From the 8M Commission of Madrid, they have also indicated that “first of all” will be “responsible” and, “if necessary”, will adopt the measures that the Ministry of Health indicates by the coronavirus.

Regarding institutional representation, the ministers of the PSOE and Podemos have already specified that they will attend the demonstration separately, because the usual thing is that the members of the Government participating in this march join the group of participants of their own party, sources from the Executive told Europa Press.

Among the ministers of PSOE who will attend the demonstration in Madrid, are the First Vice President of the Government and Minister of the Presidency and Relations with the Courts, Carmen Calvo, the Foreign Minister, Arancha González, as well as Interior Minister Fernando Grande. Along with them, other members of the PSOE will go. Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance and spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, will go to the demonstration in Seville.

In the case of the ministers of Podemos, the head of Equality, Irene Montero, will attend the demonstration in Madrid, while the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, will also participate in one of the marches, either in Madrid or Galicia. They also plan to attend the Madrid demonstration, the Minister of Universities, Manuel Castells, who says he will go “in a personal capacity”, and the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón.

The Moncloa Palace has not yet revealed Sánchez’s intentions, which joined the 8M demonstration in 2018, when it was still the leader of the opposition, but not in the last year, which it did not attend, but its wife, Begoña Gómez.

Vox is not going

Unlike what happened in 2019, the year in which the PP was unmarked from the march of 8M because they considered that the organizers had promoted a “partisan and politicized” manifesto, the PP will come this time to that call with its own manifesto.

Sources from the national leadership of the party have assured Europa Press that the Deputy Secretary of Social Policy, Cuca Gamarra, the secretary of Equality of the party, Mari Mar Blanco, and the general secretary of the PP of Madrid will attend the Madrid demonstration this Sunday. , Ana Camins, among other women in the training. For its part, the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayso, or the parliamentary spokeswoman, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, have announced that they will not go to the demonstration.

As for Citizens, although they have not yet confirmed which party members will attend, the vice mayor is likely to do so, Begoña Villacís, and Congresswoman Sara Giménez. The ‘oranges’ defend a “liberal feminism.” Vox, as usual, will not come and will hold in Vistalegre a great act of opposition to the Government of Pedro Sanchez.

Internal debate

This year, 8M is celebrated in a context of internal debate of feminism, mainly about prostitution -in favor or not of abolitionism- and about the gender identity claimed by the ‘trans’ people. Transsexuality has become a Trojan horse in feminism in the face of the discrepancy it causes among those feminists who argue that gender identity is nothing more than a patriarchal social construction that what it does is “make women invisible.”

This position, openly defended by the Feminist Party of Spain, is what has caused a part of feminism to call “transphobic” to this party that, recently, the federal leadership of IU has expelled from the formation.

On the other hand, prior to the central demonstrations on March 8, they will be held throughout the weekend acts descended by neighborhoods. Specifically, in Madrid, it is celebrated, as is tradition, several casseroles at 00.00 on Sunday, one of them at the Puerta del Sol.

As for the demonstrations, in Madrid, it will be at 5 pm, and will go from Atocha to Plaza España. Previously, at 12.00, there will be readings of the manifesto by neighborhoods.

In the morning, demonstrations are planned in Palma, at 12 noon from Plaza de España; in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, also at 12:00 hours, from the San Telmo Park; in Bilbao, at 1:00 p.m., in the Monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; in Córdoba, at 12:30 pm from the Plaza de la Constitución; or Valladolid, at 12 noon, from the Golden Fountain to the Plaza de Portugalete.

Also morning are the manifestations of Burgos, at 12:00 hours, from the Plaza de Roma to the Center of FP La Flora; Santander, at 12 noon, from the roundabout of Puertochico to the City Hall; in Salamanca, from 12 noon, in the Place de la Concorde to the Plaza Mayor; Cádiz, at 12.00, from Asdrúbal Square.

In afternoon schedule will be those of Valencia, which will leave from 18:00 hours at the Lluis Vives Institute; Zaragoza, also at 6:00 p.m., from Gran Vía with Plaza del Paraíso; or Almeria, at 4:00 p.m., from Puerta de Purchena to the Amphitheater of La Rambla.

Evening will also be the manifestations of Huelva, at 6:00 p.m., from the Plaza del Antiguo Colombino to the Plaza de las Monjas; Tarragona, at 5:30 p.m., from the Imperial Plaza Tarraco; Jaén, at 5:00 p.m., from the Plaza de San Ildefonso; Girona, at 6:00 p.m., from Plaza 1 de Octubre; Segovia, at 6:30 p.m., from the University Square to the Aqueduct; and Huesca, at 6:00 p.m., from the Santiago Escartin Otin Civic Center.

In other cities, there will be ‘double’ as in Seville: at 12:00 hours, convened by the Feminist Movement of Seville on Avenida del Cid (next to the monument) and at 12:30 pm, convened by the Unitarian Feminist Assembly of Sevillla, from the Seville Tower to the San Telmo Palace.

They also repeat Vitoria, at 12:30 p.m., from Plaza General Loma, and at 5:30 p.m., in Plaza San Antón; Pamplona, ​​at 12:00 hours, from the Plaza del Castillo, and at 6:00 pm, from the Antoniuti Park; and San Sebastián, at 12:00 hours, from the Alderdi Eder Park, and at 6:00 pm, from the Zumardia Boulevard.


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