2 May, 2024 @ 12:44
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Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez heckled on surprise visit to Barcelona: ‘Are you going to work or are you going to sleep in again?’

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SPANISH Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is back at work after having taken an unprecedented five-day break last week while he considered whether or not to quit. 

The Socialist Party (PSOE) leader made the move after a judge agreed to open an inquiry into his wife on accusations of influence peddling, despite the lawsuit – filed by a pressure group with links to the far right – being based on newspaper headlines. 

After his time of reflection, however, he appeared at a press conference on Monday to announce that he would be staying on, pledging to crack down on news sources that he accused of spreading fake news, as well as a ‘regeneration’ of Spanish democracy. 

His five-day disappearance, however, did not go down well with many Spaniards. And if Sanchez had any doubt about that, a member of the public was on hand today to let him know. 

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“Are you going to work or are you going to sleep in again?!”

That was the question shouted to the PM by a man in Barcelona, where Sanchez was making a surprise appearance at the April Fair in the Catalan capital. 

The question came as he was posing for photos with members of the public, and was captured by journalist Unai Cano, who shared the footage on X (formerly Twitter).

Whether or not Sanchez heard the man’s comments was not clear, as he is seen in the footage continuing to shake hands and chat to members of the public. 

He did not even flinch when the same man shouted: “Go to Venezuela!”

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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