Wednesday, September 29

The ten times that the PP has wanted to declare a person ‘non grata’ although now it rejects it for Abascal

The PP has criticized this Monday that Ceuta has appointed Santiago Abascal “persona non grata”, a proposal that was presented by the Movement for Dignity and Citizenship (MDyC), with two deputies in the Ceuta Assembly. Due to this situation, personalities from the Popular Party have wanted to leave, such as the Culture delegate of the Madrid City Council, Andrea Levy or the director of the recently created Spanish Office, Toni Cantó. The also member of the National Steering Committee, assured yesterday that the PP will be “always against” this type of statement. “You have to at least be consistent,” Levy added.

This opinion – which would have no legal consequence unless it was made in the diplomatic sphere – went ahead, amid disqualifications from the Vox representative, with the support of the MDyC, the PSOE and the Caballas Coalition, and the abstention of the nine PP parliamentarians. This proposal is motivated by the incidents that occurred on May 24, when the leader of the far-right party visited the Autonomous City a few days after the irregular entry of a multitude of Moroccans into Ceuta.

Despite the criticism of the abstention wielded by the popular at the national and Madrid level to the actions of the Ceuta president, a member of the party, who justified his decision as “responsible”, to date those of Casado have requested exactly the same in a multitude of occasions.

It was on May 23 of this year when the PP requested in the Plenary of Toledo the declaration of ‘persona non grata’ for the socialist mayor of Palma de Mallorca, José Hila, due to the controversy over the elimination of “Toledo street “from your street map.

In Galicia, it was Pedro Sánchez’s turn, when the popular of Pontevedra asked for his disapproval for the “ninguneo” and the “humiliation” of the area in the General State Budgets. In the same region, Vigo unanimously agreed to designate the then European Commissioner Joaquín Almunia with this category – in addition, the formation sent a letter to the leader of the European Commission, Durao Barroso, requesting such a statement. Likewise, again in the province of Pontevedra, the still president Zapatero ceased to be well received in 2010.

Four years later, the former secretary general of the PSOE, together with the former president of the Balearic Islands, Francesc Antich, and the former Minister of the Environment, Biel Vicens, were the focus of a request presented by the popular formation in the insular parliament, following oil exploration.

In 2015, the municipal group of the party in Zaragoza presented a motion in which it demanded the same for the actor Willy Toledo, for comments about the Virgen del Pilar, patron saint of the city, and the National Holiday, published through Facebook.

The Basque councilor Arantxa Tapia faced the same situation in Navarra, where through an institutional statement, the PPN indicated her in a few words that included Pamplona among the “Basque capitals”. For his part, the nationalist leader, Arnaldo Otegi, was the subject of a similar request, in this case by the Malaga City Council, chaired by those of Casado, for his alleged link with the terrorist group ETA.

The PP of Burgos also asked in 2009 that the provincial secretary of the PSOE, José María Jiménez, be considered “persona non grata” due to his “embarrassing behavior” during the acts in honor of the patron saint of Aranda del Duero.

These procedures date back to 2006, when the then Minister of the Environment, Cristina Narbona, saw how the popular people of Murcia requested this treatment for her after alleged attacks on the general director of water, Jaime Palop.