In Spain, the country’s greatest fossil fuel polluters are also some of the most generous sponsors for this year’s U.N. climate talks. On Saturday, we joined activists on a “poisonous tour” of Madrid from the Madrid inventory exchange to Santander Bank. Activists discussed that when Spanish President Pedro Sánchez introduced that Spain would host COP25, he went to IBEX 35 — the 35 greatest mentioned corporations in the Spanish inventory exchange — giving them a 90% tax split on a $2 million sponsorship. Advocates say that these exact same corporations “have deep and filthy inbound links to the fossil fuel sector.” But halfway by way of, the law enforcement shut down the tour, threatening fines of more than three,000 euros if the peaceful tour did not disperse. Climate justice campaigner for Pals of the Earth Intercontinental Héctor de Prado claims he was stunned and “ashamed” by law enforcement halting the tour and silencing activists. “It is not typical,” he claims.
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