Isabel Díaz Ayuso has achieved an unprecedented milestone in Madrid politics: getting the PP to be the first force in Vallecas. This area in the south of Madrid, historically linked to labor movements, maintains its rebellious tradition. And not only because of the posters that call the Vallecanos “to the polls.” Now that vocation to fight is symbolized in the figure of Ayuso. Although it is true that the left-wing formations – added – are still the majority, and in some of the neighborhoods PSOE and Más Madrid have prevailed, the ‘popular’ blue has stained a large part of their map after the 4-M elections.
“It is the first time that my family and I voted for the PP”, Óscar, 49 years old and a resident of Puente de Vallecas, has with some pride, after trusting the PSOE all his life: “I voted for Ayuso because she is an aunt who has given us hope, and of course Pablo Iglesias, no way, and the socialists are ruining us nationally, man. “” I I have always voted for the PSOE, and if they had an uncle like García-Page I would vote for them! But I have stopped voting for them since Pedro Sánchez said that he was not going to make a pact with Podemos, and now he pacts even with the independentistas, with Bildu … We Spaniards don’t care! Sánchez has trampled on us in order to be in Moncloa. And look, I like Gabilondo … “.
PP voters see Ayuso as a heroine who has done “what she has been able to do with what she has had.” “It will not be very smart, but look who is surrounded: the Squire, the other, the other …”, continues Óscar, who recalls that “she was the first to take action with the pandemic” and he values positively the management that he has made of the health crisis: “It is true that in Madrid we have a very high incidence rate, but at least we have work… That was Ayuso, uncle! The Government of Sánchez has gone easy, to close, and that not only affects the hospitality industry, but all the businesses in the neighborhood. There are many workers! Ask those of Valencia if when the ERTE are over they will continue with their work ”.
Immigrants with Ayuso
Alexandre Salcedo, 42, has spent almost half of his life in Spain. He arrived in 2021 from Colombia in search of work and he does not lack. In addition to his job in a workshop, now – this week – he has decided to start by setting up his own bar. He was waiting to know the result of the Madrid elections to launch himself: “If the Socialists had won, I would have thought about it“.” I see that with Ayuso things are going forward, and he also promises to lower taxes, remove the state of alarm … “, says Salcedo:” All my colleagues from the workshop have voted for the PP … How are we going to vote for these people who lie? ”
Colombian Alexandre Salcedo was waiting for the election results to decide to start his own business: “If the Socialists had won, I would have thought about it”
Salcedo gets up and eats the news for breakfast before going to work. He talks about the “group of scientists that hatched them without any attached professor” or the uncertainty from the first moments of the pandemic: “I have two elderly people in my charge and a few days before everything exploded I took them out of the center by day where they were … And in the end 20 old men died there “. “If I noticed what was happening with the pandemic, being a normal bloke, how did the government not do what had to be done?”This Colombian living in Spain wonders: “It was a lie after a lie, and on top of that they continue to be held up to you as if we were stupid … Ayuso does it for the good of all, he is neither on the left nor on the right”.
The betrayal of Pablo Iglesias
That feeling of betrayal and helplessness is a constant among those who sympathize with Ayuso in the neighborhood and even among those who have not voted for her, such as Miguel Abolafio, a 20-year-old young man who, although he does not share the ideology of the right, believes that Ayuso and Vox “speak clearly”: “Although I do not sympathize, I admire that things are said with two balls”. Something very different, he understands, in front of Podemos: “Pablo Iglesias has done very well by leaving, because he was disgusted … And that Podemos was born in a very beautiful way, against the two criminal parties of always, but you see interviews 2014 and you see what it says now, and as a left-wing voter you see yourself betrayed. “ “Here we are all very from the neighborhood until we have a little money”, emphasizes.
The march of Pablo Iglesias from the neighborhood has provoked a huge rejection among the Vallecanos: “Here we are all very from the neighborhood until we have a little money”
The young man regrets “the fragmentation of the left”, which in his opinion has been decisive in the elections: “Ayuso has been voted by many people who have precarious jobs and by voting for her you ensure stability“On the contrary, he believes that the general perception is that in Spain there is” a weak government. “Like Abolafio, many other young people share that feeling of abandonment, of disconnection from reality on the part of the left-wing parties. Of his group of 20 friends, he says, none have exercised their right to vote: “We have grown up with governments of lies, in a democracy in quotes and then when you have the option to vote you see what the left is doing, and you see the beach bars and official cars … And you vote what is going to be safer” . “The left all he’s done is call the right fascist, and that is not doing politics, “he concludes.
Rejection of violence in the ‘red square’
In Vallecas they do not forget the incidents in the so-called ‘red square’ of Vallecas, the Plaza de la Constitución near the Alto del Arenal Metro station where there was a notorious confrontation between police and protesters against Vox when Santiago Abascal’s party was trying to hold a rally. The images of the attacks on agents and stones at those attending the event went around Spain, marking one of the milestones of the Madrid elections. “In this neighborhood there is an incredible tension”says one of the neighbors, convinced of the disservice that a boycott of this caliber does to democracy.
There are many -majority- residents of Vallecas who have opted to support leftist formations, and few advocate the use of violence. “That technique has not worked,” insists another neighbor, who advocates “softening the tone” and seeking harmony. “Now Ayuso’s victory must be respected”Alberto and Lola agree, a retired couple who understand the social situation: “People want to go out and work, they want the bars to be open.” They saw it coming. “People are already fed up, in Vallecas there are working people who have voted for the right, and we have to accept it,” he affirms with her approval.
There are also less empathetic. “They all go to the same thing, they lie a lot, they say there will be work … My son has been unemployed for eight years and they still haven’t called him!”Laments Concha, the fictitious name of a mother who distrusts Ayuso as she does the other candidates: “With the Podemos candidate, we were disappointed, because many people here voted for it and then leave the neighborhood where the rich men have no shame. They all go to fill their pockets, they give them their good pay … And yet he died with 40 years of contributions and I have shitty pay left “.
“People are very desperate and desperation is a very bad counselor”Another neighbor thinks that “not even wanting to” would vote for Ayuso: “Faced with exhaustion, there are many people who are entrusted to false hopes, and many have voted for Ayuso for the beer roll.” Precisely with a barley broth in hand, at the doors of a small tavern, Manuel, another neighbor, cries out against the president of the Community of Madrid. “The authorities should stop this lady’s feet,” he considers, due to the same “lack” of restrictions that allow her to be consuming in a bar while in other parts of Spain all the hotels have closed. “It does not fit in a human head.”
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