The Government spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, defended this Thursday the hypothetical granting of the pardon to the prisoners of the procés: “The will of the Government from the beginning of the legislature is to open a new stage in Catalonia”, has assured in a round of press after the extraordinary Council of Ministers that has approved the extension of the ERTE mechanism. “We have to turn the page and redo the emotional ties, rebuild the bridges that were blown up, which have been destroyed for too long,” Montero assured. “From the first day we have worked expressly to lay the foundations for a coexistence that prevents the events of 2017 from being repeated,” he pointed out.
The rights charge against the pardons in the hope of making Sánchez fall
The spokeswoman has not revealed when the Executive plans to debate and approve the grace measures. But it has justified that the final decision contradicts the non-binding report issued by the Supreme Court and that it rejects the pardon of Catalan prisoners, sentenced for sedition to up to 13 years in prison. “Justice has already spoken, now it is the turn of politics,” he defended. “We respect the criteria of the Supreme Court”, he assured, to add that the Government understands “that it is the moment of politics, that it has to have the vocation to overcome fractures and produce meeting spaces”, something that is “founded”, has said, “in the constitutional principles of harmony and coexistence.”
Asked about the criticism that the possible pardon has received from leaders and former socialist leaders, like Felipe González or Emiliano García-PageMontero has argued that “militants and citizens know that the general interest presides over the interest of the PSOE.”
Montero has also described the territorial conflict with Catalonia as an “inherited situation”, has defended that “it never had to occur” and has insisted that in 2017, when the disconnection laws were approved and the 1-O referendum was held, ruled the PP.
Iván Redondo demands “brave leadership”
The director of the Cabinet of the Presidency of the Government, Iván Redondo, has also addressed the issue of pardons, during his appearance before the Mixed Commission on National Security that was held this Thursday in Congress. Redondo has defended, like the spokeswoman, that the Executive is “in the constitutional values”.
The also secretary general of the National Security Council has explained that, from his point of view, “to fix” what happened in the last decade in Catalonia “will need a courageous leadership” and, as Sánchez did, he has appealed for “concord” . “In life sometimes there is no easy solution, but there is always a way in life, I tell you, as a generation of democracy,” he defended, without anticipating when the decision on pardons will be made: “when I touched”.