Tuesday, July 5

Aragonès sees in the pardons a step towards dialogue but warns that they are an “incomplete solution”

The Government of the Generalitat has taken just an hour to respond to Pedro Sánchez’s announcement that this Tuesday the pardon of the nine prisoners of the procés will be approved. It was the president himself, Pere Aragonès, who has appeared to acknowledge that they are a first step towards dialogue on the Catalan conflict, but at the same time he has warned that they do not consider them sufficient. “It is a partial and incomplete solution,” he wanted to make clear.

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Aragonès has not gone too far out of the line of argument of the Catalan Executive regarding this measure of grace, “welcome” as it alleviates the “pain”. But his bet is still amnesty. “This decision does not provide any solution to a repression that goes further and affects dozens of public officials and citizens,” he has expressed in reference to other independentistas with open causes.

Even so, the president has recognized the importance of what will be approved this Tuesday in the Council of Ministers, and that according to his opinion will serve to “correct” a judgment of the Supreme Court that the independence movement has always labeled “unfair”. “It is a step that we recognize,” said Aragonès. A first approach on the path of dialogue. “It is a first step that must be followed by a negotiation between the two governments and in which each one will present their proposals,” he said.

The folder that the Government will bring to these future conversations, which should materialize at a dialogue table –previous meeting of both presidents–, is known. “Our proposal is amnesty and self-determination”, recalled the president of the Catalan Executive.

Sánchez’s announcement

President Sánchez has confirmed the approval of the pardons in an act at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in front of dozens of representatives of political, economic and social entities of Catalonia. “The Government of Spain has decided to face the problem and seek harmony,” he proclaimed. President Aragonès was also invited to the event, who declined the proposal claiming that he had a visit in Amposta, in the province of Tarragona, on the agenda.

Among those present at the Liceu were most of the Catalan socialist leaders, but also representatives of Catalunya en Comú or Units per Avançar, such as Jéssica Albiach or Ramón Espadaler, with whom the Socialists have different agreements. There was also the mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, a business delegation headed by the president of Foment, Josep Sánchez Llibre, or representatives of the media.

Accusations of “propaganda”

As for the pro-independence parties, both ERC, Junts and the CUP have described Sánchez’s act as “propaganda.” From the gates of Congress, according to ACN, the four have taken advantage of the act of delivery of the 200,000 signatures collected by the entities Òmnium and Amnesty and Libertat in the Lower House to remind Sánchez that, as Aragonès has stated, pardons are a “partial” solution but not “the definitive solution” to the conflict.

The deputy general secretary of ERC, Marta Vilalta, stressed that “the solution to the judiciary is amnesty” and “any other solution is partial”, because “there are political exiles, indicted people, because the Court of Accounts is persecuting repressive at the economic level part of the independence leaders “. “Even if these pardons are produced, the repression will continue, and we will have to work through politics, negotiation, democracy and the roundtables to make this amnesty and the right to self-determination possible,” he said.

The spokeswoman for Junts Congress, Míriam Nogueras, has agreed with Vilalta in describing Sánchez’s act as “propaganda”, and has also pointed out that the path of politics “passes through the amnesty law.” “For many years we have left the path of politics aside and it is time to resume it,” he has sentenced.

The deputy of the CUP, Mireia Vehí has ​​expressed for her part that while Sánchez announces the pardons from the Liceu “trying to make an exercise of pacification of our country from one of the chambers that represents the wealthiest population”, the citizenship “responds of clearly with demonstrations and even with a person inside the Lyceum shouting for amnesty “, referring to the dozens of people who were protesting in front of the enclosure.