“Long live Spain!” shouted a visibly excited student upon the arrival of Santiago Abascal. “Long live!” Many others responded with force. “Fuck, have you seen? He came in a Nissan.” The vast majority of university students who were looking for a photo with the Vox candidate have not been able to enter the main hall. There was no room. “Close the doors, close the doors! There is no room for anyone else,” pleaded one of the organizers nervously.
That is the scene that sums up the politics of the pendulum. If five years ago it was paul churches who walked through the Complutense University as if the waters parted in his path, now it is Abascal who does it through the corridors of the CEU [centro privado regido por la Asociación Católica de Propagandistas].
The aesthetic of this Tuesday was radically different. Instead of Che’s shirts, colored shirts and boat shoes. Instead of the ones painted on the wall, the softness of the seats. However, the same constant throbbed: the emergence of a populist organization that, according to polls, aspires to vice-presidency of the country.
Abascal could hardly speak. If he charged Sanchez [lo ha descrito como a un “psicópata”] or nationalisms, was interrupted by a thunderous applause. He promised them a “cultural revolution” to “save Spain” from the “liberticidal laws” of the left. Because Spain “they keep trying to kill her.” A revolution built on the “illegalization of independence parties”, the hardening of immigration policies or the right to violently defend private property.
The students who took the floor did not put the politician on the ropes; They tried to extract from his Referrer life tips. Almost as if Abascal were his catechist. “What should we do to recover Spain?” One of them asked him.
[Vox replicará con su fiesta “Viva 21” el modelo del “Alderdi Eguna” del PNV para captar a los jóvenes]
The presenter was Maria San Gil. And the dialogue was prepared from the praise: “I have known Santi for thirty years. He is a very good person.” Abascal, a tight-fitting suit and slicked-back hair, has begun by referring to his days with a t-shirt and jeans. The days of the Basque Country, the years of lead.
“If I had been born in another place in Spain, where freedoms had not been in question, I would not have dedicated myself to politics. I am a prisoner of my circumstance,” he introduced to talk about his vocation. Then he would talk about his other faith, the religious one, with a crucified Christ on the wall, which has watched over his conference at all times.
“The decisive event happened when I was nine years old. They murdered Estanis, the postman of my town, friend of my father. Four years earlier his brother had been killed. They were murdered for being and feeling Spanish,” Abascal recounted, this time in silence.
“ETA’s pressure increased. They tried to assassinate my grandfather, then my father and then me. That gives character. They have tried, and continue to try, to kill Spain.” When ETA stopped killing, the kids present were between eight and ten years old. “ETA does not kill because it does not need to kill. If it had to, it would kill again. Hate and fear remain there,” he added.
against the PP
Immediately afterwards, aware that the vote in the room was mostly from the right, he has broken down the “disappointments” he felt in the PP and that led him to found Vox: “A civic movement in defense of the homeland was lacking. For this reason, being in the Popular Party, I launched the DENAES foundation [Fundación para la Defensa de la Nación Española]. There was a certain complex on the right with the idea of the homeland.”
The straw that broke the camel’s back of Abascal’s discontent was the “betrayal” of Rajoywho said that he would not approach the nationalists in approving the statutes and, “fifteen days later”, “promoted Valencian as its own language and a clause according to which the Generalitat Valenciana would obtain any competence that acquired another autonomy”.
“I did not leave the PP in a moment of defeat, but when I governed with an absolute majority,” Abascal cried out to applause. The leader of Vox has tried to print a kind of epic character to his responses. “They all look at you enthralled,” María San Gil told him.
Abascal has told what are, in his opinion, the conditions that a leader must have: “Principles. Who does not have them and is willing to do anything, like Sánchez, to remain in power, is a psychopath. The leader has to be loved and respected, not feared. If not, he will be a tyrant.”
Amid the cheers of the public, he reasoned that Vox’s growth in recent years is largely due to the “insults” received: “We have been successful because they have called people fascist, sexist and retrograde for defending common sense, ideas inherited from their parents and grandparents. demonization on the part of the media is unreal, in the street I only find affection”.
What will happen after the next general elections? “We all really want Sánchez to go to hell, but that’s not enough. A true cultural revolution is needed to repeal all the liberticidal laws that the left has brought to Spain and that the right has not dared to repeal.”
The leader of Vox has challenged the Government to launch popular queries on the outlawing of independence parties, the tightening of immigration policies or “legitimate defense”: “I am talking about the right of Spaniards to defend themselves at home with whatever they have at hand. And not to stand idly by while they are assaulted, beaten and raped his wife”.
To questions from a student, Abascal has reiterated his “faith” and has asked Catholics to be “courageous” when voting: “I am concerned about their swallowing, their ability to make a pragmatic vote and not vote with their principles “.
To say goodbye, Abascal has invited university students to mobilize in the face of the demonstration that Vox has called this Saturday in Valencia to charge against the Government.