The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez, that yesterday affirmed that there is a “need to reestablish coexistence and harmony“In Catalan society and the whole of Spanish society, this Wednesday attended the Congress of Deputies to face criticism from the opposition for a measure of grace that they have condemned and that they have announced that will appeal to the Supreme Court.
The socialist bench has received the president of the Executive between applause upon arrival to the control session to the Government.
The president of the PP, Pablo Casado, has demanded the President of the Government to resign and call elections so that the Spaniards are the ones who position themselves on the pardons that the Executive has just granted to those sentenced by the procés.
“If you have any dignity left, you should resign today and submit this decision to the judgment of the Spaniards, because you have misled your electoral word, you have breached your constitutional oath and you are deceiving this House,” Casado said during the control session to the Government in Congress, one day after the pardons were approved.
For his part, Sánchez has once again defended that it is a “courageous, restorative and in favor of harmony and coexistence” measure, and has reproached the opposition leader for his criticism, not only of the pardons but also of the bishops Catalans, employers or unions, for supporting it.
The spokesperson for Vox in Congress, Ivan Espinosa de los Monteros, has accused the Government of doing “irreparable” damage to Spain and has asked how far they are capable of going in relation to Catalonia.
The first vice president, Carmen Calvo, has answered the question by calling it “old and dangerous“His speech. However, he has warned that this” no longer sneaks up “and that Spain is made up of a” mature and diverse society “in which” there are no Spaniards of good and bad “.” They are not the owners of Spain “, has reproached.
ERC requires Sánchez to reform the Penal Code
ERC spokesperson in Congress, Gabriel Ruffian, has thanked the Prime Minister for having had “courage before the pack” to pardon those convicted of the ‘procés’, but has made it clear that now he must continue taking steps to end the repression and the ‘Gag Law’, reform the Penal Code, and provide a solution to the fine of the Court of Accounts.
“The question is: Now what?” Rufián stressed in the control session of the Government in Congress. After wondering if Sánchez has granted the pardons “out of courage or necessity,” he stressed that there are still “a lot of repression in Catalonia and outside Catalonia“.
Thus, he has indicated that, after the pardons, there is “a long way to go” and has cited the Court of Accounts -which investigates the misappropriation of public funds for the ‘procés’- the Judicial Power, the Penal Code and the’ Gag Law ‘.
Sanchez has responded to the words of Rufían: “Each one can defend the ideas they consider, I am not going to convince them that the best thing is not independence but union”. However, the president has asked them to defend the constitutional pact, legality and the Statute of autonomy, emphasizing that “self-determination” does not fit in the Magna Carta.
The president has said to be aware that “the measure of grace it will not solve what is happening in Catalonia“, but it has reiterated that with it it shows its willingness to” open a new time of harmony, coexistence and reparation “and that the Government was” obliged “to debate the pardons because they were a demand of civil society.
After approving in the Council of Ministers of the Government of Spain the pardons for the nine pro-independence politicians convicted of sedition and embezzlement in the ‘procés’, the nine Catalan pro-independence prisoners will be released from jail this Wednesday.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.