Saturday, November 27

A kick to 64,613 Canarian voters

In the Chamber of Congress there has been an empty seat for three weeks. It had to represent 64,613 Canarian voters, those who elected the United We Can ballot in the last general elections in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife district. But no one is representing these tens of thousands of citizens these days in crucial matters such as the election of the new magistrates of the Constitutional Court, to name just the last one.

It may be that many of them have even thanked it, seeing the result and so much representative of popular sovereignty exercising with a stuffy nose, the Legislative Power subjected to the classic blackmail of the Spanish right that acts in Justice as the owner of the ball in the courtyard that, if he doesn’t play what he wants, he threatens to prick him or send him to the river. But this is not the case, the next thing may be the Budgets, the gag law or the labor reform.

In the hemicycle of Congress, that empty seat continues and if one follows a certain published opinion, it cannot be said that it is because a real deputy has been expelled. For many, obviously too many, Alberto Rodríguez was not just another of your honorable Members at this time, certainly not the most illustrious man who, according to the protocol, should be used to refer to a parliamentarian. Nor was the treatment established by article 23 of the Senate, which governs all representatives of popular sovereignty, also the deputies of Congress, and throughout their lives, never passed by His Excellency.

And that it has not been any of the above, despite having the minutes and votes like the rest of the parliamentarians, is not by chance: it is due to years of careful previous work from the political right – and especially the media – to impose the framework that the one who is now leaving is “Rastas de Podemos”, which in the end, and this is taken for granted, did not paint much on the bench.

That diagnosis – worked on the basis of all kinds of attacks to dehumanize the adversary by even millionaire announcers hired by the Catholic Church – is much easier than wondering if a sentence based solely on the testimony of a policeman about some old altercations in a demonstration years ago and the confusing kick that caused “a redness” to the agent’s leg deserve to leave tens of thousands of citizens without a representative. Be this the party that is and comb as you comb.

It is true that Unidos Podemos has been able to replace him and that for now his two alternates have resigned. But the Canarian voters had chosen Rodríguez, who thanks to that controversial sentence and the hasty and debatable execution carried out by the president of Congress, Meritxell Batet, is out of Parliament and politics, back in the factory where he worked as industrial worker.

One might wonder at this point from which procedural law manual the procedural expert Manuel Marchena has drawn that exotic legal method which consists of sending an ambiguous resolution from the Supreme Court to Congress on the fulfillment of Rodríguez’s sentence so that they can later be “close sources to the court “those who, in calls to journalists, clarify that the deputy must leave as soon as possible.

Why, if the meaning of the sentence on the disqualification is so clear, is it not written like that, in plain Castilian, in the communication to Congress? Hadn’t they told us that judges only speak through their actions in the procedures they instruct? Or is it that there are things that are easier to explain over the phone through “sources close to” and that are not so easy to put in writing in public documents?

While all those questions remain in the air, a democratically elected deputy is out of Congress. And the truth is that Marchena, Batet, and the rest of the judges who forced Rodríguez to leave Parliament by a light kick whose authorship is not clear to a part of the court -two dissenting votes openly say that the aggression, if it had existed, could be from Rodríguez or any other person and they question that the only proof of the charge is the agent’s testimony – they have had it much easier because others did the dirty work before.

It is studied in propaganda first that language constructs realities. And to build this there have been volunteers laying bricks. A hard work of wear and tear, based on caricatures and personal insults, have made it very cheap to expel a deputy from Congress if he is “el Rastas.”

From the day he took office there were voices and pens dedicated to that, to treating Rodríguez differently just because of the shape of her hair. And, everything, so that the grotesque is complete, in the name of that self-described constitutionalism, which shouts “Venezuela” when things are not going their way, which considers the Government illegitimate if it is not the one they choose and which ignores Article 14 of the same Magna Charge in which they have been involved for several years. The one that says “that all Spaniards are equal before the law, without any discrimination for reasons of birth, race, sex, religion, opinion or any other personal or social condition or circumstance”. Neither because of his hairstyle.

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