Spain’s far-right Vox holds mass rally with Argentina’s Milei, France’s Le Pen

Spanish far-right party Vox held a mass rally in Madrid on Sunday ahead of the European election, touting the support of international allies including Argentinian President Javier Milei, France’s presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, the prime ministers of Italy and Hungary and rightwing leaders from France and Portugal.

Nearly 11,000 supporters – according to Vox – packed a former bullring waving hundreds of Spanish flags, as well as some of Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela and Israel.

They cheered speakers ranging from French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen to the leader of Portugal’s Chega, Andre Ventura, and jeered at every mention of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, feminism or socialism.

Sarah Morris, FRANCE 24’s correspondent in Madrid, said Le Pen received big cheers when she took to the stage.

“Marine Le Pen said she had come to Spain to back Vox in its European elections,” she said, and that “the European Union needed to change course and that these far-right, nationalistic parties were coming together to ensure that that happens".

Milei then earned a standing ovation with a speech in which he excoriated “lefties” and defended free market capitalism. He also thanked Vox leader Santiago Abascal for his early friendship, “when I was lonelier than Adam on Mother’s Day”.

(FRANCE 24 with Reuters)

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