On January 28, 2024, a pre-campaign public event was held at the ‘Mar de Vigo’ Congress Palace Auditorium in Pontevedra, Galicia (Spain). The event was attended by several prominent figures, including the president of Vox de Murcia and vice president of the Region of Murcia, José Ángel Antelo, the Vox candidate in Ourense, María Jesús Fernández, the vice president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Juan García-Gallardo, the candidate for the Presidency of the Xunta de Galicia and head of the Vox list for Pontevedra, Álvaro Díaz-Mella, the leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, the Vox candidate in Lugo, Sonia Teijeiro, the Vox candidate in A Coruña, Manuel Fuentes, and the first vice president and Minister of Culture and Sports of the Valencian Community, Vicente Barrera.
Santiago Abascal, the president of Vox, expressed his views on the upcoming Galician elections, stating that many people vote for the PPdeG out of “simple boredom” and “fear” that the left will win. He urged the 116,000 Galicians who support Vox to trust the party again. Abascal also expressed concern about the high number of Galicians who did not vote in the last regional elections, attributing it to an “absolute majority” that has “disappointed many people.”
He emphasized the importance of Vox’s presence in the Galician government, citing the party’s track record of bringing about change in regions where it governs. Abascal also defended Vox’s policies, particularly those related to the defense of the countryside, education, and language rights.
Álvaro Díaz-Mella, the Vox candidate for the presidency of the Xunta and head of the Vox list for Pontevedra, criticized the decision of the TVG to exclude Vox from a debate, calling it a “telegaita.” He urged Galicians to reconsider their vote and support Vox in the upcoming regional elections, emphasizing the party’s role in countering separatist movements.
The event was also attended by other Vox candidates for the Galician elections, as well as vice presidents from other regions. The gathering was marked by a strong show of support for Vox, with attendees waving party flags and chanting “Long live Spain.” At the end of the event, a part of the Spanish anthem was played, further underscoring the patriotic sentiment among Vox supporters.
In conclusion, the pre-campaign event in Pontevedra served as a platform for Vox to rally its supporters and present its vision for the upcoming Galician elections. The party’s leaders emphasized the need for change and urged voters to place their trust in Vox as a force for positive transformation in the region.
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