The PP has punctured in the first week of collection of signatures against the pardons to the leaders of the you process for those who Pedro Sánchez has paved the way. Pablo Casado’s party achieved nearly 100,000 signatures in the first seven days of his campaign – in person at booths scattered throughout the territories and also online. The figure is far from the nearly 800,000 it achieved in the same period in 2006 when it launched a similar offensive against the Statute of Catalonia while it was being processed in Congress.
Casado defends Rajoy’s attack on the Statute that PP charges considered a mistake: “We will do it again”
Genoa has anticipated on this occasion that the Government has granted pardons and has reacted to what the president has explained as an attempt to resolve the conflict in Catalonia or a bet on “concord” with a collection of signatures that he intends to be massive as well as with his participation in the demonstration in the Plaza de Colón. In the mobilization, called by the Unión 78 platform headed by Rosa Díaz for this Sunday, Casado will once again coincide with the extreme right of Vox and with Ciudadanos – this time led by Inés Arrimadas, who in the previous call against the dialogue table between Government and Generalitat were absent -, despite the fact that their participation divides the party.
The conservatives began collecting signatures last Tuesday, June 1 with booths in different parts of the country –Catalunya was initially left out, although now they intend to install a tent in the Plaza de España in Barcelona– as well as a petition on Change.org . Last Tuesday, the Deputy Secretary for Organization, Ana Beltrán, informed her colleagues on the Steering Committee that nearly 100,000 signatures had been collected, of which 40,000 came through the Internet. as published by ABC. The PP has not responded to questions from elDiario.es about the updated figure. On the Change.org platform there are 48,000 rubrics at the time of writing this information.
Mariano Rajoy’s PP was much more successful in the first week of collecting signatures against the Statute by getting eight times more. This was also collected by the Vocento newspaper On February 5, 2006, when the then general secretary of training, Ángel Acebes, assured in a visit to one of the booths in the Madrid city of Pozuelo de Alarcón that in seven days they had achieved more than 800,000 rubrics.
The same strategy as in 2006
“The success of this campaign lies in the fact that the Spaniards say that what we did together if we want to change has to be together because a few cannot have decision-making capacity and link what affects us all,” said the conservative leader on the text that came out of the Parliament with 120 votes in favor (those of CiU, PSC, ERC and ICV) and 15 against (of the Catalan PP) and that, later, was approved in Congress with 189 votes in favor and 154 against , including those of the PP and ERC. Rajoy lost the elections two years later, despite having collected, in total, four million signatures against the Statute.
Married is following the same strategy as his predecessor against José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. The head of the opposition has declared war on Pedro Sánchez in the street – with his presence at the Colón demonstration and the petitions tables – and has also anticipated that he will resort to judicial proceedings when the Council of Ministers gives the green light to pardons. partial to those condemned by the procés. In the case of the Statute, the Constitutional Court annulled a part of the text considering it unconstitutional at the request of the PP. Conservative leaders, such as the former vice president of the Government Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, the former minister José Manuel García Margallo, the former president of the Community of Madrid Esperanza Aguirre or the former Catalan leader and current mayor of Badalona, Xavier García-Albiol, subsequently recognized errors in the performance of their party against the Statute, which led to the open crisis in Catalonia, where the PP is currently a residual party with only three seats.