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In less than 24 hours, between Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez appeared on television for more than two hours in total to tell us how well the Spanish government is doing and that he himself is in the European vanguard with his drastic lockdown measures which he summed up in a sentence for history: "It is imperative, to beat the virus, that we keep anticipating it". Locked down in the Moncloa government palace, the PM must be aware of the enormous indignation that has emerged due to the slowness in applying much more drastic measures and the current lack of medical supplies.

The protest that Catalan president Quim Torra initiated ten days ago and which the vast majority of presidents from Spain's autonomous communities have joined, represents a challenge by the regions to the centralized and radial Spain with which the Sánchez government has tackled this crisis. For the devil incarnate Torra, insulted by Spaniards, to now be leading a protest by the autonomous regions which, in this case, is not divided by territories and ideologies, has - let's face it - a touch of poetic justice. Also a certain air of rebellion against Sánchez, firstly for his inaction and then for his slowness afterwards while the corpses do nothing but increase.

This was what Sánchez's meeting with the regional barons was like: Andalusia's president Juanma Moreno and Murcia's Fernando Lopez, both of the Popular Party, demanding total lockdown. Late in the afternoon, the Murcian signed an order total closing down his region, going above the Sánchez government's decree of alarm. Imagine if Catalonia had done so! For lesser actions, criminal cases against the government have been set in motion.

The head of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, of the Socialist (PSOE) party, avoided using the word "demand" but asked Sánchez to reflect on the inadequacy of the measures to attack the virus's expansion. Another two Socialists, leaders of the Extremaduran and Valencia communities, Guillermo Fernández Vara and Ximo Puig, begged for similar measures and reported the slowness in the arrival of medical material. The Galician Núñez Feijóo has been protesting and protesting for days now, with no one paying attention to him. The president of the community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, is chartering a plane from China to bring medical supplies, regardless of the ministry. A path that Ximo Puig also took later on Sunday afternoon.

No one can bear to see their people die and the Spanish government's lack of urgency makes one despair. Here lies the great mistake of those who have failed to understand that leadership in a time of crisis is not a handful of empty words on television and a paternalistic attitude, but rather powerful measures that give people hope.