Mariano Rajoy, leader of the Spanish People’s Party (PP) was elected Prime Minister in the past Sunday.
He received the support of Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Nicolas Sarkozy for the past 2008 Spanish general election, being defeated and continuing as president of the main opposition party. However with the economic crisis pushing everyone to vote for right winged parties, Rajoy was already an expected winner of these elections. Everyone’s expecting a democratic suicidal wave with Rajoy saying “we are going to do what needs to be done, but they need to give us space to do that.” But even though saving the country’s economic state is all that matters, the party still had some time to suggest some narrow minded social reforms.
Admittedly being against some of the most important liberal reforms, PP lodged an appeal with the Constitutional Court against same-sex marriage and adoption law. Moreover they also had outspoken against the abortion law, a step forward on the re-criminalization of abortion until 14 weeks of pregnancy. All these human rights are being ignored by the party, but on the other hand “bullfight is to be protected as part of their culture”, he says.
A video of a Spanish gay couple hijacking a live Al Jazeera’s report on the Rajoy’s victory with a gay kiss:
Embarrassing and scary is the actual political situation in Spain, although even worse is the discriminatory legislation that is being pushed against lesbian, bi, gay and trans people in Russia. Russian President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin are about to vote a law, whose purpose is to silence GLBT activism or even the smallest reference to it, making it illegal.
It’s already a bit late since they are voting the law this November 30th but here you have the link to support the All Out campaign against this outrageous bill:
Meanwhile outside of Europe, Get Up, an independent movement to build a progressive Australia is running an action demanding equality with the of the most tender video campaign ever seen: