TSJM Must Decide If It Ratifies The 8-M Ban In Madrid

The Superior Court of Justice of Madrid ( TSJM ) will decide before Monday, March 8, if it ratifies the prohibition of several of the concentrations called in the community to commemorate Women’s Day or, on the contrary, if it authorizes them.

For now, the court has received a joint appeal from the UGT and CCOO unions, another from the CGT union, according to legal sources. In addition, the main convening organizations, the 8M Commission and the Feminist Movement of Madrid, plan to present an appeal before Monday in order for the judges to decide whether or not the right to assembly has been violated .

The Government Delegation decided on Thursday to prohibit all concentrations requested on March 7 and 8 “for reasons of public health” “and taking into account the possible confluences of different concentrations”.

The Government Delegate, José Manuel Franco, explained that more than 100 petitions have been received which, if authorized, would have meant that more than 60,000 people were concentrated in various parts of the Community , something inadvisable given that the Community of Madrid continues to be one of the territories with the highest infection rate.

Although, these arguments have not convinced the convening groups. For example, the Workers’ Commissions and the UGT , which had organized, as every year, an act in the Plaza de Cibeles and which was going to bring together 100 people, 50 from each union, have presented an appeal because they understand that the prohibition “violates rights fundamental ”and that the scheduled act was“ within the law ”.

Full terraces
The Secretary of Equality of the UGT, Ana Sánchez, has described as “insane” that while the terraces and transport in Madrid are “crowded”, the acts of 8-M are prohibited. And the secretary of organization of CC.OO, Paloma Vega, has criticized that “8-M is criminalized as if it were the only manifestation that causes contagion”, when in Madrid other mass gatherings and concerts are authorized.

Regardless of whether or not the TSJM authorizes its act in Cibeles, both CC.OO and UGT have convened concentrations next Monday at the doors of the work centers , respecting sanitary measures.

In turn, the 8M Commission , which traditionally organizes the marches that in recent years have been massive, plans to file an appeal before the TSJM in which they request that the four concentrations they had planned be authorized.

Likewise, in a statement in which they call for “popular support” and ask for the resignation of the Government Delegate for having rejected the concentrations with gauges “ridiculous if compared to overcrowding in transport or shopping centers” for “political” reasons and not ” health reasons ”, they warn that they will read their manifesto“ in all spaces ”on March 8 at 8:00 p.m.

They adapt the acts
Finally, the Feminist Movement of Madrid , which had organized a concentration in Callao of 250 previously accredited people, will also file an appeal although it considers that it will not be resolved before Monday, so they will adopt their actions and carry out acts in a way that does not exceed 20 people.

The organization’s spokesperson, Ana Sánchez de la Coba, has regretted this situation when they have been organizing their agenda to celebrate March 8 for “more than six months” with the aim of complying with “all the security guarantees and all the established guidelines. “by the Ministry of Health and the Government Delegation of Madrid.

The situation in Madrid is anomalous since in the rest of Spain concentrations that comply with health measures have been authorized . In Catalonia , the Government has warned that preventive restrictions will have to be “scrupulously” complied with, but a static demonstration is expected, on Paseo de Gràcia, of up to 3,500 people.

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Although, the first vice president of the Government, Carmen Calvo , has justified this Friday that the ban exclusively affects the Community of Madrid with the argument that “any demonstration” in this region “is always the largest” and is the community with worse epidemiological data.

Likewise, 13 scientific societies have stated in a joint statement that they support the avoidance of “all kinds of events that promote agglomeration and increase the risk of transmission” given the “current circumstances”.

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