"Democracy does not have to be afraid to know"

“What is happening is extremely serious.” With these words, the Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, expressed herself once again this Wednesday about the espionage scandal through the Pegasus system which has affected 66 pro-independence leaders, journalists and lawyers, in addition to the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles.

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Given what happened, Díaz considers that "we must change" the law of official secrets that dates back to Francoism. "A rule that is from 1968 in the year 2022 does not make sense", he remarked during an informative breakfast, in Madrid, and before other members of the Government such as the Ministers of the Presidency, Consumption and Social Security, Félix Bolaños, Alberto Garzón and José Luis Escriva, respectively. "We have old procedures that have room for improvement," he insisted.

The vice president has considered that "when the president has been spied on, he puts all democracy into question." “We have the right to know what has happened to spies. You don't have to be afraid to know what has happened and if you have to purge responsibilities, purge yourself, ”she has pointed out. Along the same lines as the rest of the Executive, Díaz has avoided asking for resignations, and has requested to go "step by step". "Let's see each of the appearances and then make the decisions," she said first thing in the morning, just as the appearance of the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, began in Congress.

Díaz has also wondered "why" it is not possible to "know how Pegasus works in the world" and has assured that he has "no fear of being known". In his opinion, Sánchez "has taken a step forward" by opening an internal investigation into the scandal. “Democracy does not have to be afraid to know”, he has riveted

Ask for “self-criticism” from the parties

From a strictly political point of view, Díaz has warned of a "paradigm shift" in the face of the rise of "authoritarianism" on the extreme right. "The lesson we have learned in France is profound: we cannot tell our country it is between Macron and Le Pen because we are going with too much risk," he stressed. For her, “the future” of Spain “is human rights”.

In addition, the vice president has demanded "self-criticism" from the political parties, because "they continue to treat citizens as if they were minors." “They have to modernize and respond to the challenges of the 21st century. Good politics is not partisanship, it is improving people's lives”, she has settled.

Trying to also outline his future political project, Díaz has made the following declaration of principles: “I dream of a country that allows us not to be remembered when we govern. I am going to work for a diverse country, in which I feel comfortable being Galician. I dream of a country that is multicultural and multilingual. This is the real Spain. A country that has sexual diversities of all kinds, that takes human rights and peace seriously, that tells young people that they can come back, that says that they can show off in the world of research and that has decent public services.”

“I don't want policies that confront and divide. I believe that dialogue works, I am willing to dialogue, I am not pure. I'm not afraid to talk to someone who doesn't think like me. I want to take care of the world with useful policies”, she added. A “new country”, she has said, “friendly, fraternal, diverse and plural.

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