The safety equipment de Moncloa, responsible for the protection of the president and his family, was clear: «Should be avoided» maximum exposure of Pedro Sanchez in acts of small format, proximity, contact with citizens and in small towns. A recommendation, supported by external reports from the Police and Civil Guard, in order to avoid possible incidents. But, as happened with the trip he made to kyiv (Ukraine) -in a gesture of obvious propaganda-, Sánchez will skip all those prompts to “step on the street” and “confront” with the PP. The President of the Government will carry out around thirty acts between now and the end of the year, as Secretary General of the PSOE, with which the Socialists seek to recover direct contact with the citizens and better communicate what has been done up to now and his future plans, party sources have explained.
The PSOE relies on that “skin to skin” strategy, as they have described it, the comeback at the polls. Although the discredit of the socialist leader is increasing, and he has already verified this on different occasions, when his actions have been accompanied by boos.
Is refusal of Sánchez and his cabinet to comply with the guidelines set by the security experts who have been working in Moncloa for years will force the Police and the Civil Guard to redouble their efforts in the face of an autumn that is expected to be hot on the streets. Social discontent over the runaway rise in inflation -at 10.8%, its all-time high- and the ineffectiveness of the chief executive in alleviating the economic crisis for Spaniards are two factors that will undoubtedly condition all these appearances.
This strategy will force more reinforcements to be allocated to the president’s security, especially when the acts are held in smaller municipalities and with fewer police resources, where there is usually greater contact with the public. The State Security Forces and Bodies will be forced to increase the number of escorts and uniformed personnel to guarantee the normal development of the day.
Among other actions that will be carried out in some of these visits, according to police sources consulted by OKDIARIO, will be the almost complete “shielding” of the neighborhoods or municipalities that the President of the Government visits. Everything, in anticipation of boos and even possible attacks, since the one Mariano Rajoy suffered a few years ago in Pontevedra is still remembered. In the last campaign of the Andalusian elections, a significant increase in the security surrounding Sánchez was already noted. Precisely, the socialist has chosen Seville for his first stop in the new PSOE campaign, on September 3. He will be accompanied by the Deputy Secretary General and Minister of Finance, Maria Jesus Montero.
Both Moncloa and the State Security Forces and Corps anticipate that, in the coming months, the number of street protests will increase.
The rise in prices, possible gas cuts or the clash between unions and employers to unlock the rise in the Interprofessional Minimum Wage that Yolanda Díaz has promised create a perfect “breeding ground” to agitate citizens. An agitation that, as they recognize in the president’s environment, “will come from the left and right.”
It is still curious, furthermore, that Sánchez now skips the safety recommendations when, precisely, that is the reason he recurrently wields to try to justify his abuse of the Falcon or the Super Puma. A taste for presidential aircraft that receives criticism from the opposition and that the socialist continues to show off, alluding to the need for special protection for being the president of the Government.