Some 1,300 anti-riot police officers are likely to be called out to Congress on Tuesday to keep protestors from surrounding the building as part of a demonstration that is expected to also be repeated at other legislative seats in several Spanish cities.
The movement, called ¡En Pie! (Stand-up), has asked demonstrators to come out to a planned march from Puerta del Sol to the Chamber of Deputies building on Tuesday evening. Organizers said that their march will be a peaceful and they don't want to interrupt the congressional session just show their frustration with lawmakers over the cutbacks by surrounding the building. But police sources said that security forces are not taking any chances. For months, Congress building has been cordoned off with barriers as a preventive measure to keep protestors from taking over the chamber.
On Monday, PP secretary general María Dolores de Cospedal created a stir when she likened the planned protest to the attempt by officers during the February 23, 1981 coup.