The Spanish Government has today warned the Generalitat, chaired by Quim Torra, that order the “intervention” of the State security forces “in terms of proportionality and necessity” if the Mossos continue not to exercise their function of “guaranteeing public order.”
The Vice President of the Spanish Government, Carmen Calvo, and the Ministers of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, and Promotion, Jose Luis Ábalos, have sent letters to the respective Catalan councilors in which they ask for explanations for “the serious disturbances of public order and traffic safety” last weekend.
In the letter sent by the vice president to the minister Pere Aragonès, Calvo denounces that “apparently” there has been a “cessation of functions” by the Catalan Executive, with consequences of an economic and social nature and for public safety.
“In this sense, it is our obligation to evaluate the possible breaches of the legal system that have occurred,” says Calvo, without prejudice, he warns, of other ongoing requirements on “specific acts and their possible responsibilities.”
Marlaska, in his letter to the Minister of the Interior, Miquel Buch, points out that the events that occurred on some Catalan motorways constitute a “serious disturbance of public order and traffic safety” in which, however, the Mossos, “even being present”, did not fulfill their function.
For this reason, the head of the Interior requires those responsible for the Generalitat to issue the necessary instructions or, otherwise, “the intervention” of the State security forces and bodies will be ordered to preserve the “free exercise of rights and freedoms and the maintenance of citizen security “.
For his part, the head of Development, José Luis Ábalos, addresses the Minister of Territory and Sustainability, Damiá Calvet.
Ábalos expresses his “deepest discomfort” over the altercations that occurred at the toll booths on the AP-7 and AP-2 highways over the past weekend.
Incidents that, in his opinion, “they damage the image of Spain and Catalonia” and in particular of the institutions that represent it.
“I trust that similar situations or events will not occur again, and that the free movement of people and goods is guaranteed,” he adds.
“There is no abandonment of functions”
For his part, the vice president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, has responded to the Vice President of the Spanish Government, Carmen Calvo, that there is no abandonment of functions by the Government and the Mossos d’Esquadra for the toll cuts on Catalan highways perpetrated by the CDRs.
“We have received the communication this afternoon, and we will inform the Government that there is no abandonment of functions. We will make the appropriate response explaining the actions of the Mossos, which are guided by technical police criteria and not by political opportunity,” said Aragonès in an interview in ‘La noche en 24 horas’ by RNE.
For Aragonès, it is significant that the Executive of Pedro Sánchez has now decided to send a letter to the Government and has not done so with other autonomous governments in “similar” circumstances. “Why are you sending the letter today and not when the taxi drivers cut down the Castellana in summer?”, it has been asked.
In his opinion, the protests of the CDRs this Sunday are no greater than those that they carried out last April after the application of article 155. “They were not similar, but much greater. If that day there was no abandonment of functions , there was not yesterday “, has riveted.