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The Spain of Ayuso prevents access to the representative of the Sánchez Government in the act of Dos de Mayo

Jesus Carames

May 2, 2023 | 2:36 p.m.

Tension between the PP of Madrid and the central government during the commemoration

The tension between the Community of Madrid, led by Isabel Díaz Ayuso of the Popular Party, and the central government, headed by Pedro Sánchez, has reached a new level during the commemorative acts of Dos de Mayo in the Spanish capital.

Confrontation at the military parade

The conflict has intensified when the Minister of the Presidency, Felix Bolaños, has tried to access the platform chaired by Isabel Díaz Ayuso. A member of the protocol team of the regional Executive has prevented her entry, generating controversy.

Sources from the Community of Madrid maintain that the head of the Presidency has tried to access "by rough means", which has been prohibited. Various authorities were in the rostrum, such as the leader of the opposition and president of the PP, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeidaand the Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, among others.

Political dialectic and accusations

This confrontation adds to a dialectical battle that has intensified in the last hours. While the central government accuses the Community of Madrid of promoting the "political struggle", the regional Executive points out the Minister of the Presidency for inviting himself to the act and affirms that it is a "provocation". "In the protocol forecast, he has no assigned place because he is not invited," say sources from Ayuso's team.

Minister Félix Bolaños arrived at the Community headquarters together with Margarita Robles and was received at the entrance by Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, Ayuso's Chief of Staff, and Enrique Ossorio, Vice President of the Autonomous Government.

Repercussions and criticism

Despite the difficulties, Bolaños has finally got a seat in the front row at the Dos de Mayo event at Puerta del Sol, near the president of the Community of Madrid. Only four Ukrainian children, who receive a medal, and the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, separated them.

The president of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has criticized the "lack of institutional respect" of the central government, although he considers it appropriate that the minister have a place at the ceremony. For his part, the Madrid mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, has expressed his discontent, stating that Bolaños has tried to "come as a squatter to the Royal Post Office."

This confrontation reflects the political polarization between the Government of the Community of Madrid and the central government, and highlights the need to find channels for dialogue and understanding between both parties to address the challenges facing the region.

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