The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, addressed the Catalans for the first time this Friday in the traditional message on the eve of the Day to make a promise about his main political objective in this legislature. “The referendum is a totally irrevocable democratic commitment before which I will not rest until it becomes a reality,” said the new head of the Government, who was inaugurated last May. As he has stated, the referendum is “the most inclusive proposal to resolve conflicts like the one we are experiencing,” so it will be one of his claims at the negotiating table with the Government.
On the eve of the national day of Catalonia but also of the appointment with the central government that will take place on Thursday or Friday of next week in Barcelona, Aragonès has assured that he will transfer to that table “the strength that we show every Eleven of September filling squares and streets across the country “. The ERC leader has stressed the importance of this negotiation process, which he has said is something that “Catalonia had never achieved before”. “It was unthinkable for Spain to recognize the very existence of a political conflict,” he stressed.
For that reason, Aragonès has called on citizens to accompany this dialogue table “with all their ambition.” “We have to face it by joining forces, building trust within and outside of Catalonia,” he said, because it is a process “full of obstacles that will need time, unity and perseverance.” A claim of unity of Aragonès that comes after the messages crossed between ERC and Junts precisely because of the distrust of the latter in the negotiation with the Government.
The president’s political message has also contained a reference to another of the great issues of Catalan current affairs, such as the suspension by the Ministry of Transport of the expansion of the El Prat airport. “The defense of the environment and biodiversity must guide each and every one of the decisions that we have to make, and it must be done bearing in mind the legacy that we want to leave to the generations to come,” said Aragonès. “We need a green transformation to face climate change, to adapt to it and mitigate its effects,” he added.
The head of the Government has delivered the traditional speech of the Diada from outside the Palau de la Generalitat and, specifically, from the modernist enclosure of the Hospital de Sant Pau. A point chosen by Aragonès to make a reference to the health situation and vaccination. “The pandemic conditions and will continue to condition our lives. It has caused a deep social, economic and emotional crisis that aggravates the pre-existing difficulties,” he said, after which he has done “a recognition to all health professionals, residences and the rest of public servants who together with the professionals of essential activities have sought for our well-being during all these months “.