The pardons not yet granted to the pro-independence leaders have once again taken over the control session of the Government in the Congress of Deputies this Wednesday, despite the absence of the Chief Executive, Pedro Sánchez, who is on an official trip to Argentina. The three rights, PP, Vox and Ciudadanos, have charged against the Government and have defended the concentration of the Plaza de Colón in Madrid next Sunday against these measures of grace, which will allow to reissue the controversial photo of Columbus from February 2019 in which the three rights came together for the first time, which led to the normalization of the extreme right and later gave rise to joint governments in communities and municipalities.
The Government asks for “confidence” from the citizens who have “objections” with the pardons: “It is time to turn the page”
But during the Plenary, the Government has precisely recalled the internal division that this new photo has generated within the Popular Party de Colón, mainly due to the rejection of the more moderate sector of the formation chaired by Pablo Casado to be portrayed with Vox. The protest, called by a platform promoted by the former leader of UPyD Rosa Díez, has caused a new schism in the popular ranks between the national leadership and the more centrist barons such as the Galician, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the Andalusian, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, and the Castilian from Leon, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco.
The debate is about the relationship that the main opposition party should maintain with the extreme right, its main rival at the polls but with which they continue to govern Andalusia or the Madrid City Council, and negotiate the investiture of Isabel Díaz Ayuso, in Madrid.
This Wednesday, the vice president of the Government, Carmen Calvo, has tried to abound in that internal division, recalling those absences of PP leaders in Sunday’s call. In addition, in response to a question from the popular spokesperson in Congress, Cuca Gamarra, the number two The Executive has issued a warning to Casado’s party: “Brave! Collect signatures in Catalonia, look at the face of the independent and non-independent Catalans and tell them that they have some way out for this country. Tell them, because they don’t have one.”
Vox accuses the Government of “pardoning murderers”
Previously, the PP had accused the Executive of trying to agree to an “illegal” referendum with the Generalitat after ERC leader Oriol Junqueras has renounced the unilateral path to independence. “The letter that has relieved them so much what it has done is make millions of Catalans and Spaniards more uneasy,” said Cuca Gamarra.
“This Government is the heir to the disaster of your party that we are trying to resolve in a constitutional and dignified way. They do not help us but leave us in that responsibility with a little calm,” Calvo replied, who has taken the opportunity to reproach those of Pablo Casado that go back to the “trifle” in the Plaza de Colón.
Also in a question to Calvo, the Vox spokesman in the Congress of Deputies, Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, has accused the Government of “pardoning murderers” for bringing ETA prisoners to prisons near the Basque Country. “If they are pardoning the most dangerous murderers in the history of Spain, how can they not pardon the Catalan prisoners?” He asked the first vice president of the Government. “You have brought lies in bulk to Spanish politics, with such impudence that they say we have pardoned murderers. I urge you to say who and when,” the vice president replied, demanding that the extreme right “stop lie to the Spanish “.
Throughout the plenary session, PP, Citizens and also the extreme right have taken the opportunity to attack the Executive for these possible pardons to the prisoners of the procés. One of the toughest has been the president of Ciudadanos, Inés Arrimadas, who has linked this possible concession of the grace measures in which the Government “needs the vote” of the independentistas to continue governing.
Field: “The Government complies with the law”
“You cannot give the pardon to those who say they are going to do it again. No transfer of jurisdiction is as serious as agreeing with them,” Arrimadas assured, during a parliamentary question to the Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo. The Citizen leader has also asked the members of the Government “not to confuse” democracy “with Pedro Sánchez, because it is much more and will prevail.”
Campo has responded to the opposition that whatever happens with the pardons, “the Government complies with the law.” And, addressing Arrimadas, he asked him “what he intends to do to heal the enormous wounds that exist in Catalan society.” In his opinion, the “mission of the Government” is “to favor the conditions for a better coexistence” and “it has a country project that is based on coexistence.” For all this, the minister has asked PP and Ciudadanos “generosity” in that sense and to support the Government in its policy on Catalonia.
Both Campo and previously the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, have taken advantage of the PP’s offensive on pardons to demand that those of Casado comply with the constitutional mandate to renew bodies such as the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) that has more two years with his term expired. “Renew the constitutional bodies because that also makes a homeland”, the Minister of Justice has settled in an interpellation of the PP on pardons.