Saturday, October 16

Salvador Illa warns Puigdemont that there is no alternative to dialogue and “no one is above the law”

The PSC celebrated its traditional Festa de la Rosa this Sunday with the leader of the PSC in Parliament, Salvador Illa; the first secretary of the party and Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, and the Minister of Transport, Raquel Sánchez, as headliners of an event that was not held last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the meeting, which was held as usual in the pine forest of Gavà (Barcelona), the leader of the PSC raised the tone against Carles Puigdemont, who was recently the protagonist of the news due to his arrest and subsequent release in Sardinia. Illa has stated that he sees “no other way than dialogue” to resolve the Catalan political conflict, but has also warned that “no one is above the law”.

“I do not see any other path that is not the path of dialogue, negotiation, pact and agreement”, assured Illa, who has verified that “there is a fundamental movement in Catalan society to open a new time from respect to the ideas we all have. ” Of course, “a dialogue between governments” -the central and the Catalan- but also a “dialogue between Catalans”.

“The steps are these, let’s see if you understand: dialogue to open a negotiation – second stage – and to reach agreements,” Illa told the independentistas.

The leader of the Catalan Socialists has also pointed out, referring to Puigdemont, that “no one is above the law” and, in this sense, has shown his “respect” for the decisions taken by the Italian judicial authorities. “Outside the rule of law there is chaos and disorder. Everyone must face the consequences of the decisions they made,” he added, and argued that “this is one of the lessons” that must be drawn from what happened in 2017 .

The Socialists have returned to meet at the party with which each year they start the parliamentary course. Complying with the restrictions established by the pandemic, the capacity has been limited to 500 people – in 2019 it gathered 25,000 in the same space – and the event will adhere to the planned interventions, socialist sources consulted by Europa Press have detailed. They have pointed out that it is a “reunion of the socialist family” that will take place after last year was not celebrated due to the situation of the pandemic, and for the first time since Illa went on to lead the PSC in Parliament.

One of the circumstances that have marked the meeting this year is the replacement in the leadership of the Catalan socialists from Illa by Iceta. The now Minister of Culture and Sports has shown unwavering public support for Illa to become the next leader of the PSC, something that will happen at the next congress to be held in December. Illa, Iceta has defended, “can do better and shoot more” than he can from the position of first socialist secretary. According to the minister, Salvador Illa’s work has not finished “and he only has a happy ending: assuming the Presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya”.

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