The Catalan Parliament has urged the Government on Tuesday to “repair historical memory, dignify and vindicate” all women “unjustly convicted, executed and repressed” for witchcraft.
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This is a joint resolution proposal by ERC, JxCat, the CUP and the comuns that has received the support of the PSC. Cs has abstained while Vox and PPC have voted against. The approved text recognizes women convicted of witchcraft as “victims of misogynistic persecution” that led to the “murder” of thousands of women around the world. The groups that have promoted the motion have highlighted the “validity” of the proposal.
The approved text also urges the Catalan executive to “promote academic studies with a gender perspective” on the “witch hunt” and incorporate this fact into the academic curriculum. They also want “informative actions” to be promoted to publicize this historical episode and raise awareness of its causes.
Likewise, the resolution proposal asks that the town councils of Catalonia review the names of the streets to include the names of women convicted of witchcraft as an “exercise of historical reparation”. And it expresses the Parliament’s support for the ‘They were not witches, they were women’ campaign.
The deputy of the CUP Basha Change has demanded “truth, justice and reparation” and has added that one cannot speak of witch hunts without speaking of capitalism. The anti-capitalist deputy has also stated that witch hunts “are not a thing of the past.” For Change, “the only way to repair the memory of women murdered by witchcraft is to maintain an anti-capitalist, environmentalist and feminist practice.”
The deputy of the comuns Susanna Segovia has remarked that the witch hunt was a “femicide” because women were tortured “and killed” based on rumors. He has also defended that it is a “current” issue because it is a “repair exercise”.
Along the same lines, the deputy of JxCat Aurora Madaula has said that the “offensive” comments against the proposed resolution demonstrate the “need for reparation” of the memory of these women. And he has underlined the importance of promoting the names of women convicted of witchcraft in the streets of towns and cities. “We are the granddaughters of the witches who could not burn,” Madaula concluded.
The ERC deputy Jenn Díaz has also stressed that what used to be called “witch hunts” is now called “feminicides” and, in this sense, has made a comparison between the two eras. According to the deputy, women who were previously accused of witchcraft are now told concepts such as “feminazi” or “badly fucked.” “Let it serve as a coven that we do in Parliament, which they deserve. For all the women who put the body and for all those who still have to put it,” he added.
The PSC has voted in favor of the text but the deputy Gemma Lienas has criticized that this issue has been taken to the plenary session of Parliament, since she considers that it would have had to be dealt with in committee. According to the deputy, solutions must be brought to the plenary session of the chamber. “It is better to deal with real and current issues than symbolic issues,” he added.
The spokesman for Cs in Parliament, Nacho Martín Blanco, has defended that in the chamber one has to talk about things “that affect the lives of citizens”. And he believes that “much more important” issues than the witch hunt have to be addressed. Even so, the deputy has said that they do not have a “special objection” regarding the content of the text and, therefore, they have abstained.
The most critical have been Vox and PPC. The deputy of Vox Mònica Lora has replied that “truth, justice and reparation” is what has to be done with Catalan children who “are singled out” because their parents want them to study more hours in Spanish. And according to the deputy of the popular Lorena Roldán, today’s debate is a “lack of respect” for all Catalans who “are having a bad time.” And he has reproached the parties that have presented the proposal for not defending the same for constitutionalist women “attacked” today in Catalonia.