And activist group Anonymous hacked the Parliamentary website to add its own views on the subject.
The hackers referred to Rajoy’s having complained about left-wing Podemos’ having ‘organised a protest’, even though the demonstration was nothing to do with the party itself.
“Although the ponytailed one [Podemos’ leader Pablo Iglesias] was blamed for it, people are perfectly capable of becoming angry at the way students, workers and the health service have been treated without waiting for a shepherd to tell them to be,” part of Anonymous’ ‘contribution’ read.
Around 100,000 people joined the demonstration, according to the organisers, although the government said it was more like 6,000.
They chanted, “Spain against the mafia’s coup d’état on democracy,” referring to the top-flight members of the socialists having gone against the subscribers by insisting its MPs abstained to let Rajoy govern; “No, no, and thrice no – they don’t represent us;” “I’d be ashamed to be Susana Díaz,” referring to Andalucía’s PSOE president who is against Podemos and directly in conflict with the former socialist leader Pedro Sánchez, and “PPSOE [an amalgamation of the PP and PSOE] are the same pieces of [expletive].”
Sánchez resigned after his determination to vote ‘no’ to Rajoy to the end led to PSOE leaders ganging up on him, but his supporters in the street and among the party’s subscribers remain numerous, with banners reading: “No means no.”
Other placards read: “The PP defrauds and gags,” in reference to the right-wing party’s so-called ‘gagging law’ which includes massive fines for unauthorised protests – and the power of the PP to refuse to authorise them – and “PP = thieves,” in allusion to the ongoing string of corruption cases involving members at regional and national government level.
Plenty of banners made reference to the late dictator General Franco, who died in 1976.
The protesters’ manifesto at the end stated that the investiture was ‘illegitimate’ and that a new Rajoy government would be ‘an illegitimate régime’.
Pablo Iglesias was going to pop outside and ‘say hi’ to the demonstrators ‘in the name of Podemos’, but decided to ‘let the people take centre stage’ rather than hijacking it politically.
However, Alberto Garzón of United Left, Podemos’ coalition partner in the last general elections, did indeed go outside to greet them, and Iglesias waved and smiled at those he passed en route to the investiture meeting.