The former ERC leader in Congress, Joan Tardà, has made his party ugly this Monday for having abstained in the vote on the opinion on the Historical Memory Law that the government parties intend to approve in the lower house. Tardà has assured that he feels “sad and devastated” because his party has decided “not to stand up” to the initiative.
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The opinion has been voted this Monday in the constitutional commission of Congress and has had the support, apart from PSOE and UP, of EH Bildu, PNV and PDECat. PP, Vox and C’s have voted against while together with ERC Junts has also abstained. Both formations will continue negotiating the text until the next vote, already in the plenary session of the chamber.
“So many years tensing/denounce impunity by so many affiliates did not deserve this lying end whitewashed by us,” Tardà continued on his Twitter account. “We were the last voice of the victims”, he has riveted.
Although the rule that is being prepared declares the illegality of the Franco dictatorship and the nullity of all the judicial decisions of the dictatorship, the project does not modify the amnesty law of 1977, something that both ERC and Junts have been demanding to be able to investigate and judge the crimes of Francoism.
Another unheeded claim is that the ownership of the offices of the National Police station on Via Laietana in Barcelona be returned to the Generalitat to house a memory center. Even so, as a result of the Spanish government’s agreements with EH Bildu and the PDeCAT, the text has incorporated some elements claimed by the nationalist parties.
The abertzales have voted in favor of the norm after agreeing, among others, to include explicitly declaring the illegality and illegitimacy of the Francoist courts as well as the nullity of all their resolutions and sentences. The pact also involves extending the time limit for the application of the law until the end of 1983 and the creation of an independent commission to help clarify human rights violations during the Franco dictatorship.
Regarding the PDeCAT, some of the improvements that have been included in the text are the incorporation of the Catalan self-government institutions as an object of recognition and reparation and the consideration of victims of the Catalan, Basque and Galician languages and cultures. The PDeCAT deputy Sergi Miquel has remarked that the amendments that have been incorporated make the law “more ambitious and courageous” and that it will be “the basis because in a few years it can go further”, according to the ACN agency.
The ERC deputy Carolina Telechea has defended her party’s abstention and has criticized that the rule “does not dare” to “do true justice and reparation”. Telechea has lamented that the 1977 amnesty law is not touched “perpetuating a model of impunity.”