Saturday of waiting in Spanish and Catalan politics. The imminent resolution of the pardon files for the procés prisoners continues to dominate the debate after the support for the Government’s grace measure by businessmen, unions, Congress and bishops. While the Government continues without specifying whether the pardons will be approved in the Council of Ministers this Tuesday, ERC, its main parliamentary partner, has demanded speed from the Executive.
Speaking to Catalunya Ràdio, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, pointed out that the pardons to the leaders of the procés can serve to “leave behind a bad past” and “face a future based on conciliation and harmony “, while he has asked the PP to listen to the” clamor “of Catalan society for a solution that” leaves behind the political confrontation. ”
Maroto’s words delve into the isolation suffered by the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, this week at the conference of the influential Cercle d’Economia. The leader of the PP has defended alone the opposition to the pardons against the message of the businessmen in favor of the measure as a tool to loosen the political climate. According to Maroto, the popular “it seems that they continue to want to live from the confrontation” and do not propose “solutions” to the Catalan conflict.
“I would ask the PP to listen to Catalan society,” said the minister, who has invited “the right to join the challenges and leave behind that bad past.” At the same time, he has asked the independence movement for a “reflection” to face the dialogue table on Catalonia as an opportunity to consolidate “political stability and economic reactivation”.
While the independence movement continues to demand an amnesty with a complicated legal framework and without support in Congress (the last to do so were the president, Pere Aragonès, and Carles Puigdemont this Friday in Waterloo), Maroto has advocated seeking “the bases of understanding in the framework of the Constitution and the law “. “Everything that is within the Constitution will be addressed at that table,” said Maroto, who in a notice to the independence movement has sentenced: “The rest will be wishes with which it will be difficult for us to meet.”
He has also defended the pardons Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Function and first secretary of the PSC, Miquel Iceta. In his speech during the National Council of the PSC, he said that their obligation as politicians is to serve the public utility (one of the reasons for granting the grace measure). “There are people who may not see it clearly, and we have to respect them. But at the same time I tell you that we have to convince a lot of people,” he asserted, to continue to maintain that the pardons will allow the return of the politics.
ERC asks the Government not to speculate with pardons
With the control of the times of the pardons in the hands of the Government, the independence movement has not been able to do more than demand speed from the Executive and not to delay the granting of the grace measure. In her speech at the ERC National Council this Saturday, the party’s spokeswoman, Marta Vilalta, asked the Government to “stop speculating” on the pardons and to make them effective now.
After the Government decided not to attend the act of Monday at the Liceu de Barcelona of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, Vilalta has criticized the head of the Executive because, in his opinion, Catalonia does not need “operatic” staging but solutions that they go through amnesty and self-determination. And he has insisted on the resumption of dialogue and negotiation “with persistence to make an agreed referendum inevitable”, which he believes will eventually come.