The parties that usually support in Congress the initiatives of the progressive government and that facilitated the investiture of Pedro Sánchez or the approval of the Budgets have demonstrated this Tuesday in favor of the granting of pardons to the independence prisoners who are in prison after being Convicted for their participation in the referendum of October 1, 2017. In different press conferences in Parliament, the spokespersons of PNV, EH Bildu, Compromís, Más País and PDeCat have supported this option to ease the conflict between the Spanish and Spanish administrations. Catalan, although the pro-independence forces have asked the Executive of the PSOE and United We Can to make more decisions.
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The PNV spokesman in Congress, Aitor Esteban, has considered that “if you want to provide a solution to the Catalan question, the first step is for the people who are imprisoned to get out of prison”, before accusing PP and Ciudadanos of try to get in the way of that solution with your announcements of resources against pardons. For this reason he has asked for “pedagogy” to explain those decisions in the event that they occur, although he has been confident that the majority of the population will understand them. The pardons, he added, “are the conditions to start a dialogue” between Spain and Catalonia.
“We must go beyond pardons,” said the EH Bildu spokesperson in Congress, Mertxe Aizpurua, who considered that the Catalan is an issue that must be addressed “through dialogue and agreement.” Thus, Aizpurua has called on the State forces to accept that in the last regional elections “52%” of “Catalan society” voted “in favor of pro-independence options”, for which he has urged the Government to solve “speaking” the political conflict in Catalonia.
Íñigo Errejón, spokesperson for Más País, recalled that “the figure of pardons is a prerogative of governments that exists in many countries” and is usually used in all of them “so that the Government can intervene when there are problems of coexistence” , as is the case in Catalonia. That is why he has been in favor of pardons. “Sounds good to us,” he said. “Pardons can contribute to a political solution,” he added, before considering that “immobility has only brought more division and confrontation in the relationship between Catalonia and Spain.”
In the same vein, the spokesperson for Compromís in Congress, Joan Baldoví, spoke minutes before, who considered that the approval of the pardons by the Government “would be a good way to move forward to solve a problem that has been stranded for years.” “Catalonia is a political problem,” emphasized the Valencian deputy, who insisted that “political problems have to be solved with politics.”
From the PDeCat, its highest representative in the Lower House, Ferrán Bel, wanted to recall that the report of the Supreme Court protesting against the pardons “is not binding.” “What is relevant in the pardon process is the government’s agreement,” he added. Thus, although in his opinion “the optimal situation to resolve this situation in Catalonia is the amnesty law”, Bel has confessed to “realistic and pragmatic”, which is why he has pointed out that “if it is not possible” amnesty “is better a pardon that inactivity about it. ” The PDeCat deputy has charged the PP and Ciudadanos one after the other for their “irresponsibility” announcing appeals to the Supreme Court in the event that the pardons are approved. “They are not worried about what happens in Catalonia,” he has settled.
“Here there is only room for amnesty and the right to self-determination,” said Miriam Nogueras, spokesperson for Junts in Congress. “We have not come this far for anyone to forgive us, least of all the State that is repressing us, trying to ruin the Catalan workers,” she assured at a press conference. In his opinion, “there are more than 3,000 reprisals and this is a political conflict, which is resolved through politics and dialogue.” “We do not have a democratic state in front of us, we have a repressive state,” he concluded, before once again defending the “legitimate right to self-determination” of the Catalan people for whom “you don’t have to ask for permission.”
The PSOE spokeswoman, Adriana Lastra, has avoided commenting on the granting of pardons, despite the fact that the Government has been preparing the ground for normalization. “No decision has been made that I know of by the sentencing court, so for the moment there is no possible assessment,” said Lastra, who also did not want to say if he agreed that they were granted despite the fact that the pro-independence leaders have shown no regret, he reports Irene castro.
The PP, for its part, has taken for granted that these pardons will be granted, which, in its opinion, “are a mockery of Pedro Sánchez’s democracy.” “If they are granted, we will appeal them,” insisted the parliamentary spokesperson for the popular, Cuca Gamarra, at a press conference. In his view, it is a “political instrument”. “Sánchez a reverse charge that pays the independentistas to stay in Moncloa”, has settled. The decision would mean for the PP that the Government “departs from the current legislation that establishes justice, equity and legal legality.” “What Pedro Sánchez is proposing would be to circumvent the resolutions of the judiciary and the political will that he has is not enough,” he said.