MADRID (Sputnik) — Obama started his visit to Spain on Saturday. His arrival is marked by several NGOs and associations' protest actions in many cities, including Seville, Cadiz and Cordoba, in addition to those held in the capital. Participants of the rallies are voicing their opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between the European Union and the United States, as well as to US troops' deployment at Rota Naval Base and Moron Air Base.
"We want to demonstrate our indignation because of the visit of the "emperor," who imposes his deals on us in order to turn us into [his] servants," one of the protesters told RIA Novosti.
The protesters in Madrid held banners with the inscription such as "People and the planet are not a commodity" and chanted slogans such as "NATO — no! Bases — out!" and "Imperialism is terrorism!"
Obama was forced to shorten his visit to Spain because of the deadly shootings in Dallas, United States. After finishing the official meetings in Madrid, he will travel to naval base Rota in Cadiz.