For second time in seven days The PP, seconded by Vox and Ciudadanos, has crashed against the vast majority that supports the Government in the approval of pardons for the nine politicians convicted of the procés. Just a few hours after the Council of Ministers approve the partial grace measure, those of Pablo Casado defended in Plenary a proposal of law to prohibit that they can be granted precisely to those who have committed the crimes of sedition and rebellion. Like a week ago, he has only found support on the right. And criticism from the rest of the House.
Sánchez, after granting the pardons: “It is the best decision for Catalonia, Spain and the one most in accordance with the Constitution”
Perhaps that is why the debate has proceeded without much trouble or interruption. The deputy Carlo Rojas has been in charge of defending the PP proposal, although he has dedicated most of his speech to attack the pardons granted shortly before. “It is the most vile act that is remembered in history,” he said, adding that the Government has created an “unprecedented social alarm.” The rest of the speech has not lowered the tone: “ethical and moral immolation”, “source of problems”, “pardon in fraud of law”, “self-indult to continue governing”, “political payment”, “to bring a government to beg for votes. ”
Rafael Simancas has responded to Rojas, who has made use of the turn against. The PSOE deputy spokesman has responded harshly and accused the PP of trying to “aggravate” the problem with Catalonia out of its own interest, while “the PSOE wants to solve it in the interest of Spain.” Simancas, like other deputies later, has recalled that the PP has been the party that has approved the most pardons, some of them generating much social alarm. And he has also reproached that they only refer to these two crimes, leaving out many others. Among them, those of corruption: “Can’t the procés be pardoned, but Cospedal can be pardoned if it ends up being condemned by the Kitchen?”
Simancas has also reproached the PP for supporting the concentration of the Plaza de Colón, called by Rosa Díez, whom he has described, ironically, as “an inexhaustible source of peace, harmony and balance.” “Does he represent Spanish society?”, He asked himself, to argue that “the unions, the employers of Barcelona and Madrid, and the bishops” do defend pardons.
“They have been left alone and with those, which is even worse,” he concluded, referring to Vox. But the ultra party has shown temperate support for the PP’s proposal. In fact, a few minutes before one of its main leaders, Macarena Olona, defended before the Plenary a proposal of her own to protect complainants of corruption that hid in its additional provisions the modification of several organic laws, including the Penal Code or the law penitentiary, also in cases of sedition or rebellion.
Vox has insisted this Tuesday on the call to the PP to register a motion of censure against Pedro Sánchez in the next session. And he has warned that, if he does not do so, it will be the Santiago Abascal party that will do it. It would be his second motion in just a year.
On the side of support for the PP, the deputy spokesman for Ciudadanos, Edmundo Bal, has also insisted on a language similar to that of the other rights of the Hemicycle. “A day of mourning, an unfortunate day,” said the former Citizen’s candidate in the recent Madrid elections. “It has brought the country to its knees, humiliated the millions of Spaniards who in October 2017 fought to maintain coexistence,” he added. Bal has reproached the absence of members of the Government in the Plenary, despite the fact that this Tuesday there was a control session of the Executive in the Senate at the same time, although Sánchez has not attended. Of the rest of the interventions, the deputy of Foro, Isidro Martínez, and Carlos García (Navarra Suma) have also positioned themselves against it.
All the others have done it in favor. Although not unconditionally. Today’s EH Bildu spokesman, Jon Iñarritu, has stated that with the decision this Tuesday “ends an injustice.” “It is positive that they leave where they should never have been,” he said, adding that “the measure falls short.” “What are they going to do in the face of the powers of the State controlled by these gentlemen and who are going on the offensive?”, He has argued, referring to judges and security forces.
From the PNV Miguel Legarda has recalled that the approach that the PP has brought to the Lower House “has already been debated several times.” The Basque deputy has reproached those of Pablo Casado for proposing a “law ad personam against the Catalan independence leaders “, and has reiterated the position of his party:” There was no rebellion, sedition or coup. ”
The Catalan parties have also defended the measure, although they have pointed out that it falls short. From the PDeCAT, JxC and ERC have wielded the recent report of the Council of Europe that requested the release of those sentenced by 1-O, reform sedition and withdraw Euroorders. “Europe leads the way, amnesty and freedom,” said Miriam Nogueras.
From ERC, Carolina Telechea has taken the opportunity to recall that her party never claimed pardons, although it did not reject the release of Catalan prisoners either. “We are not going to leave the 3,000 people who exercised their right to demonstration, representation or their duty as servants of the Government,” he said, referring to the people indicted in different processes emanating from what happened around 1-O and who are not affected by this pardon. In addition, he has reiterated that they will not renounce their objective: “The only way out is amnesty and self-determination.”
Finally, the president of the United We Can group, Jaume Asens, has reproached that the PP wields the lack of legitimacy of the Government to do what it has done, or a supposed social majority that would be against it. “Sovereignty is not in Colón, they are in this Chamber,” Asens has defended. “These pardons have a double endorsement, that of Europe and that of this Chamber. It is not a decision of the Government, it is a decision of this Chamber where sovereignty resides,” he reiterated, referring to the rejection of both this bill and to last week’s motion against pardons.
The debate this Tuesday, however, has only been the appetizer. Next week the Prime Minister appears before the Plenary at his own request. There he will present his justification for the pardons, which will be answered by the main faces of the groups, both for and against. However, it will once again be highlighted that, today, there is a large parliamentary majority in favor of the grace measure, as was demonstrated last week and this Tuesday.