Dec 02, 2018 09:34 UTC

Thousands of people waving Spanish flags gathered in Madrid on Saturday, December 1, for a protest in support of national unity and against Catalonia's ongoing campaign to split from Spain.

According to Press TV, the Catalan secession crisis and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's decision to take a more conciliatory tone with the pro-independence government in Barcelona has angered the right in Spain.

Among those to speak at the protest was Santiago Abascal, whose far-right, anti-immigrant Vox Party is predicted to win its first seats in a Spanish parliament in regional elections in Andalusia on Sunday.

Protesters carried signs reading "Stop Sanchez. Elections now!" at the protest in Madrid's central Plaza Colon.