Macarena Olona will continue alone in politics, but without creating a new party or joining another for the time being. The former Vox deputy, who this week has criticized her abrupt departure from the far-right formation after being its candidate in Andalusia, has assured it in allegorical terms: “This is not the end of the road, this is only the beginning,” she said minutes before giving a lecture at the University of Murcia. There he has rejected the idea of creating a new formation —“I am not going to lead a political party different from those that exist”, he has assured—, because that is “fragmenting”, and he has also denied that he will join “in any other organization ” at the present moment. However, she has left an open door for the future: “If at any time Vox ceases to be an alternative government, I am available to the Spanish to take a step forward.”
Among strong criticism of the leadership of the far-right party —which she has blamed for the future of her political career after the Andalusian elections in June in which she ran as a candidate—, the former deputy has distinguished between the leadership of her already former party and the bases. “I continue with the Spanish to complete what they did not let me do in Andalusia,” she asserted. In a lamenting tone, she said: “Today I see how some are sorry that she does not have cancer and that the health problems have already been overcome.” And, also without mentioning who, she has added: “Some have taken advantage of my silence to place the grinding machine.” She has drawn on feminist arguments and has denounced a “tendency to remove women from politics.”
Olona has been received with protests from some 50 people who have gathered this Friday in front of the Auditorium of the University of Murcia (UMU) to protest the presence of the former deputy, who minutes after eight in the afternoon has begun to give a conference on the unconstitutionality of states of alarm. They responded to a call from the UMU Student Assembly, with the support of Anticapitalistas and the Communist Youth of Murcia, under the slogan “Fascists out of the [universidad] public”, to complain about the presence of someone who was a far-right candidate for the Parliament of Andalusia, and to the cry of “Olona, you are not registered here”. Six vans of the National Police have remained stationed in the Plaza de la Universidad, next to the Campus de la Merced, in the center of the city, and several agents have had to mediate between protesters and a small group, made up of just five people, of Olona’s supporters. Although there have been no altercations.
Olona arrived at the square at 7:39 p.m. this afternoon and was greeted with shouts of “out, out” by the protesters, who had gathered for more than an hour before the start of the conference. The small group of supporters has confronted the detractors of the former deputy and have shouted accusations at the policemen present of “defending communism” and of not doing “anything to stop the demonstration”.
At first, the former parliamentarian announced that she would teach it in a room of the Faculty of Letters, but her dean, José Antonio Molina Gómez, denied this week that authorization had been requested, and finally she moved to the Paraninfo.
Just before the arrival of Olona, a spokesman for the protesters has read an official statement in which they protest what they understand to be a “commercialization of public education”, specifically of the University of Murcia, and for authorizing the act of Olona .
Olona’s intervention has been called by the Spanish Institute for Political Studies foundation, founded during the pandemic by three of the four deputies of the far-right formation in the Assembly of Murcia —José Liarte, Mabel Campuzano and Francisco Carrera—, who were expelled by the party accused of economic irregularities. A court in Cartagena forced the formation of Santiago Abascal to readmit them in January of this year.
Álvaro Martínez, 25, a student and member of the leftist Student Action Front union, has come because he considers it “important to demonstrate to combat fascism” so that “working-class students have better conditions in general.” He protests in particular against the University of Murcia for allowing homophobic and xenophobic discourses, such as the one he considers Olona maintains, to enter the public classrooms.
The conference is preceded by the controversy that sparked another talk in Granada on September 15, on the same subject, at the Faculty of Law. Hours earlier, about a thousand detractors and a much smaller group of supporters of the Andalusian spokesperson for Vox faced insults and shoves at the doors of the building and 40 police riot police had to act so that Olona could enter the room, where he finally delivered the conference on the sentence in which the Constitutional Court declared the first State of Alarm of March 2020 as unconstitutional. The former deputy of Vox, in addition, was the visible face of the appeal that her party raised before the court of guarantees against that state of alarm.
This Friday, the general secretary of Vox, Javier Ortega Smith, has lamented that, in his opinion, the one who was the star candidate of Santiago Abascal in Andalusia has allowed herself to be “used” by “malicious” media outlets that “never” give voice to Vox. Ortega Smith has denied that the party has entered into a crisis, an extreme that has also been rejected by the parliamentary spokesman, Iván Espinosa de los Monteros.
The former leader of Vox has ruled out for the moment creating a new political party that competes for the space of the extreme right a day after her former classmates closed the door to a possible return to the party.