Pedro Sanchez, the acting Spanish Prime Minister, visited this Monday Barcelona. In a whirlwind trip, Sánchez has visited the Higher Police Headquarters of Catalonia and the hospitals where the injured officers are kept. During his tenure he has not met with the president of the Generalitat Quim Roast.
Sánchez has arrived at the headquarters of the Higher Police Headquarters of Catalonia, where he has held a meeting with commanders and police officers, in which he praised the National Police as “an example of professionalism and a vocation for public service”, and has made an appeal to “guarantee the moderation that the police forces represent to” ensure coexistence.
The acting president has been accompanied by the acting Interior Minister, Fernando Grande Marlaska, and the Government delegate in Catalonia, Teresa Cunillera.
Subsequently, Sánchez has traveled to the Sagrat Cor and Sant Pau hospitals to visit the police who remain hospitalized, he has taken an interest in the rest of the injured and has conveyed the “support of the entire Government and society in general for his contribution to guaranteeing security and coexistence and to overcome this crisis of public order, “according to a statement from the Executive.
Upon leaving both Sagrat Cor and Sant Pau, dozens of people who had been concentrating on the entrances to both hospitals booed the acting president and shouted “Freedom for political prisoners.”
In parallel, hundreds of people have gathered at the headquarters of the Government Delegation in Catalonia, summoned by the Tsunami Democràtic platform before Pedro Sánchez’s visit.
The acting president has sent this morning a letter to Torra in which he reminds him of the obligations of all public officials: “Strongly condemn violence; protect the security forces that fight it; and avoid civil discord. “
The letter sent to Torra is a response to the one sent on Saturday by the president of the Generalitat to Sánchez, who he reproached for not answering his phone calls and refusing to establish no kind of dialogue, while recriminating the acting head of the Government who wanted to teach him lessons on how to condemn or fight against violence.
“In response to your letter of October 19 and to the public requests that you have made in these days, I would like to remind you that the first duty of any public official is ensure the safety of citizens, as well as that of any public or private space in the face of violent behavior, “Sánchez responds to Torra.
It also reminds him that the “second duty” of a public official “is to preserve the coexistence between all members of civil society and avoid fracturing your community“and reproaches him for the fact that his conduct has” moved in the past few days in exactly the opposite direction. “
In this sense, he points out that the Catalan president has avoided condemning so “blunt and unequivocal“The violent behaviors that have been manifested with virulence and assiduity in various parts of Catalonia,” even a short distance from his office.
According to Sánchez, Torra “has turned his back on the autonomous and state security forces and bodies” that protect public order “with great professionalism and exposing themselves to serious risks.”
“Strongly condemn violence; protect the security forces that fight it; and avoid civil discord“These are the demands that Sánchez makes on Torra, whom he reminds that these are” the three obligations that a leader must fulfill if he wants to represent his community with dignity before any interlocutor. “
Torra responds to Sánchez
Quim Torra has also responded by letter to Sánchez’s letter, whom he has invited to hold a meeting today, taking advantage of his visit to Barcelona.
In his reply letter, Torra summons him to a meeting: “Taking advantage of the fact that we have learned about your visit to Catalonia through the media, I make myself available to have a meeting today. Having sent this letter, we will get back to in contact with you by telephone to return to offer a dialogue without conditions “.
In addition, he reminds the acting Prime Minister that he has called him twice and “he has not wanted to put it,” which he considers is not a sign of a willingness to dialogue.
Sources close to the president have pointed out to Efe that Torra’s chief of staff has subsequently called Sánchez’s chief of staff, who “has not responded to the mobile phone,” so the Generalitat has sent him a message asking him to arrange a meeting. in Barcelona.
About a thousand people gather on Monday morning before the Government Delegation in Barcelona to ask for dialogue the acting Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and in anticipation that the President may visit this headquarters after going to the Headquarters of Police already see the injured policemen.
The majority of the protesters are sitting at the confluence of Mallorca and Roger de Llúria streets and shout slogans such as: “Pedro Sánchez shows his face”, “Where are you, Pedrito, where are you?”, “Freedom of political prisoners”, ” We are going to tell lies “and” Catalonia, anti-fascist. “
The Tsunami Democràtic platform has made an “urgent” call this Monday to concentrate between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the intersection between Mallorca and Roger de Llúria streets in Barcelona to demand from Pedro Sánchez: ‘Sit down and talk’.
While waiting to call another great action after the blockade of Barcelona Airport, at noon this Monday, the platform has made a “Urgent appeal, now and today, to the citizens of Barcelona “, in a sitting before the Central Government Delegation, where Sánchez will be meeting with the delegate, Teresa Cunillera.