We can ask for explanations for the use of a tank


United We Can has asked the Ministry of the Interior for explanations for the deployment of a tank belonging to the Police Intervention Unit (UIP) in response to the protests of workers in the metal sector in Cádiz, an armored vehicle that is technically known as the Medium Wheeled Armored Vehicle (BMR) and which was loaned by the Army of Tierra in 2017.

As RTVE has learned, the Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has transferred his discomfort within the Executive for the use of this medium, while asking the socialist part of the coalition and the department headed by Fernando Grande-Marlaska to clarify the criteria adopted to deploy it.

The tank was deployed this Monday in the working-class neighborhood of Río de San Pedro de Puerto Real, in Cádiz, within the framework of the protests of workers in the metal sector, precisely when a week of demonstrations was completed. At the same time, the negotiation between the unions and the Federation of Metal Companies of Cádiz remains stalled, after being suspended this morning, again, without an agreement. The next appointment to try to agree on a new provincial collective agreement is postponed until this Wednesday.

Interior ensures that it is a decision of the police units

On the use of tanks in Cádiz and on the discarding of their use in other places, Interior sources say that the use of some means or others is decided by the police units. “Those units are the ones that decide depending on the circumstances. Making comparisons between different operations and altercations does not touch,” they explain.

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Along the same lines, the PSOE spokesman in Congress, Héctor Gómez, has responded to United We can that the Ministry of the Interior is acting “in accordance with the protocols.” In statements to Antenna 3, collected by Europa Press, Gómez has assured that Grande-Marlaska knows the situation that is being lived in Cádiz although, in his opinion, the most important thing is that the Government is facilitating mediation and the search “as soon as possible” for a meeting point.

Nevertheless, from the ‘purple’ formation they consider it “a mistake” and they demand that these images not be repeated. “We ask the minister (Marlaska) not to happen again. That image is a provocation,” the president of United We Can in Congress, Jaume Asens, said in a message on his Twitter account.

Also Más País, parliamentary partner of the Executive, has charged against this action and through its spokesman, Íñigo Errejón, registered on Monday a battery of questions asking the Minister of the Interior to account.

‘Kichi’ demands an “urgent meeting” from Díaz

Precisely the mayor of Cádiz, José María González ‘Kichi’, who has actively joined the workers’ protests, has sent a letter to Yolanda Díaz so that, as Minister of Labor, she mediates in the conflict in the metal sector. In his opinion, “it is essential to make every effort from the institutions to face this situation”, since the industrial sector “agonizes”.

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“Being aware of your sensitivity, I summon you and invite you to a meeting in Cádiz if possible this week,” said the mayor, whom the second vice president defined a few days ago as “a great mayor” who “is watching over the jobs in your city. “

This Tuesday is the eighth day of protests and a large demonstration is called through the streets of the capital of Cádiz. The Student Union has joined the workers’ struggle, calling another strike to attend the rally, which will also be attended by regional and provincial leaders of most of the left-wing parties.


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