Bolaños travels this Sunday to Barcelona to redirect the “dialogue”





The celebration of the Diada de San Jordi has been punctuated by the controversy of espionage to more than 60 pro-independence leaders Catalans through the Pegasus program. The Government believes that it should not affect the dialogue while the Generalitat has once again asked for explanations.

This Sunday the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, travels to Barcelona to meet with the Minister of the Presidency, Laura Vilagraand try to redirect the situation, which has raised a wave of criticism in the independence movement, especially in the Government, which has threatened to put an end to the dialogue table.

According to The New Yorker, at least 60 independence leaders were victims of the Pegasus cyber espionage system, which can only be sold to governments, including the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonesand former presidents Artur Mas and Quim Torra and the environment of the former president Carles Puigdemónt, as well as the President of Parliament, Laura Borràs.

Faced with this situation, the Minister of Culture and Sports, miquel iceta, warned the Government this Saturday that, despite the controversy, “there is no alternative to dialogue.” Iceta has recalled that for “next week” the appearance in Congress of the Minister of Defense is scheduled, Margaret Oaks“which is the one on whom the CNI depends”, to which the Catalan leaders point out as allegedly responsible.

Faced with calls from the Generalitat to give explanations on this case, Iceta hopes that “a contact between the President of the Generalitat and the President of the Government of Spain“, although he has pointed out that “the political explanation on behalf of the Government will be made by the Defense Minister” in Congress.

Iceta has distanced herself from those voices within the independence movement that consider the dialogue table between governments to be dead to seek a solution to the Catalan conflict. “Unfortunately we saw it in 2017. Outside of dialogue there is no politicsand outside of politics there is no solution”.

The Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy has also referred to this matter, Yolanda Diazwho has warned that the reported espionage “is not bearable in a democratic society” and has insisted on his commitment to dialogue.

In declarations to Catalunya Ràdio, Díaz has pointed out that “the facts that we know are very serious”, for which he has called for “absolute transparency” on this issue. “We have the right to know what has happened,” he stressed

Aragonès sees “inadmissible” that there are no explanations

For his part, the President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragoneshas demanded that the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, give explanations once and for all on this matter and has charged Robles for his “insufficient and counterproductive” statements.

Speaking to the media at the Palau de la Generalitat, Aragonès considered “inadmissible that there are still no clear explanations” by the Government of Sánchez: “Today is a day to celebrate culture and live it with joy. But it is clear that we cannot escape from the most serious espionage case known in democracy“, said Aragonès, who considered that this “interference needs explanations”.

The Catalan president has said that there is no news about the request he made to Sánchez for a face-to-face meeting, but he has made it clear that, “beyond the format, it is not about solving the espionage case with the photo of a meeting “. “Explanations and transparency are needed and that the affected people know what has happened, who has ordered espionage, who has been spied on, what has been done with this data and with whose authorization”, he sentenced.

Also JxCat spokesperson, Joseph Riushas affirmed that the “silence” of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, makes him “suspicious” of being an “accomplice” in espionage and has reiterated that “there must be responsibilities” in this case.

On the dialogue table, Rius has assured that it did not meet “because it was not necessary”, since the Government “knew” what the independence movement thought because it was spying on it.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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