MADRID, 4 Oct. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Vox will pay tribute this weekend at its Viva 22 party to Rafael Casanova, converted into a myth by Catalanism for leading the defense of Barcelona in 1714 during the Bourbon siege in the War of Succession for the Spanish crown that confronted Felipe V with the Austrian candidate, Archduke Carlos.
Casanova is honored every year by the Catalan parties and institutions on September 11, on the Diada and some sectors of the independence movement have wanted to turn him into a symbol of resistance to Spain and separatism, an aspect that is denied by his descendants who consider him a "Spanish patriot".
The party of Santiago Abascal will celebrate this Saturday and Sunday a great ludic-political act in Madrid in which it hopes to gather tens of thousands of people.
One of the highlights of its program is the tribute to 52 characters from the history of Spain, one for each province, who will also recreate their exploits on Saturday afternoon on the main stage located in Mad Cool.
Among those chosen, to represent the province of Barcelona, tribute will be paid to Rafael Casanova, a supporter of Archduke Charles of Austria as King of Spain during the War of Succession and wounded in the battle of September 11, 1714.
Casanova, 'conseller en Cap' of the city of Barcelona, is the object of offerings by institutions, parties and entities every year for the Diada as a symbol of Catalanism for its resistance against the Bourbon troops of Felipe V.
The list of 52 characters is completed by names from culture, such as Miguel de Cervantes, Francisco de Goya, Diego Velázquez or even Paco de Lucía; kings like Isabel la Católica or Fernando III; the conquerors Francisco Pizarro and Hernán Cortés, the sailor Juan Sebastián Elcano or the doctor Santiago Ramón y Cajal.
In the enclosure there will also be commercial areas of different companies and associations linked to the match. And the gastronomic offer will not be lacking with the aim of presenting the variety that Spain offers. "You can try a good Madrid knuckle, some exquisite Aragonese migas, the typical Andalusian fry, a rich Valencian paella or a forceful Castilian-Leonese grilled meat," advances the organization.
Saturday's day will end with a concert starring singers, DJs and music groups. For now, the organization has confirmed the participation of DJ Brian Cross, rapper G. Babe, Santaflow or the group Green Velvet.
Sunday, for his part, will be when the political act takes place with a large rally in which Abascal will be surrounded by his faithful and will also have the support of some international leaders allied with Vox.
In the 2021 edition, one of the stars of the day was the Italian Giorgia Meloni, recent winner of the elections held in the country. From Vox they have left it up in the air that Meloni can return to 'Viva22', although they recognize that it is difficult because she is immersed in the process of configuring her next government.
In addition, Vox will take advantage of this appointment to officially launch its 'Spain Decide' plan, with which it defends the need to submit a series of issues to a referendum that it believes have been decided behind the backs of the citizens.
Abascal has already pointed out that some of these issues are immigration, energy policy, subsidies to unions and political parties or the use of the language in schools in Catalonia, the Basque Country or Galicia.
For this campaign, Vox relies on article 92 of the Constitution, which provides that political decisions of special importance may be submitted to a consultative referendum of all citizens.
However, it adds that the referendum will be called by the King, through a proposal from the Prime Minister, previously authorized by the Congress of Deputies. With this, Vox assumes that it does not have the capacity to promote it if it does not have a presence in the Moncloa Palace, so for now its objective is to mobilize citizens to demand that their opinion be taken into account in these and other matters.