Wednesday, October 20

Vox suffers one of its worst crises in Barcelona before the challenge of critics

The crisis that Vox has been dragging for more than two years in Barcelona is deepening. The dismissal at the end of last April of the Terrassa coordinator, Jesús Rodríguez-Pachón, for “loss of confidence”, has triggered an internal rebellion in that Catalan province that has resulted in three abandonments of positions of the extreme party for the moment. right and numerous casualties of militants.

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In solidarity with Rodríguez-Pachón, in recent days Juan José de la Rosa, coordinator of the eastern Vallès; Alfonso J. Paniagua, coordinator at Barberá del Vallés, and Rafael Gómez, coordinator at Badia del Vallès, although the latter later backed off. This critical sector points out that of the 170 militants in Terrassa, “more than 60 casualties have been found, that is, almost 50%.” “The casualties have even reached the towns of Barcelona, ​​Sabadell, Granollers, Rubí, Mollet and others, despite the poisoning and the smoke screen”, sources from the critical sector point out. the removal of Jesus so that they would reconsider their decision in exchange for promising positions and various gifts so that they would return ”, they add.

This group of dissidents from Barcelona has been organized for some time on Telegram, a platform in which they do not stop denouncing “the internal purge” that Abascal has undertaken in Barcelona, ​​which is giving rise to “the unstoppable bleeding” of the far-right organization in that Province. “The intoxications spilled by the most Nazi sector of the party against the media, which have confirmed the discouragement of the militancy, runs into the harsh reality, which is the massive loss of affiliates and coordinators, fed up with the despotism implanted in Barcelona,” they say While they blame all this situation mainly on the national spokesman, Jorge Buxadé, and his trusted team. Rodríguez-Pachón himself communicated his dismissal to his colleagues through that channel attributing the decision to “unprepared characters and studies that appeared one fine day by the hand of [Jorge] Buxadé, from the marginal residue that was Plataforma per Catalunya (PxC) “, the xenophobic party led by Josep Anglada.

Rodríguez-Pachón, who is a lawyer and former civil guard, is one of the most critical voices with the national leadership and enjoys great prestige among the party’s ranks in Catalonia. Two years ago, he presented, on behalf of a group of affiliates, a complaint against the national leadership for the dissolution of the Barcelona Provincial Executive Committee and the subsequent finger-pointing of a manager at whose head they placed Juan Garriga, a former leader of that defunct Platform. The leadership’s excuse was that they wanted to reinforce and strengthen the party’s structure for the 2019 general elections. They lost the lawsuit, but that decision by Abascal created a strong internal malaise and led to the formation of a current whose members are being gradually refined.

Rodríguez Pachón was not caught off guard by his dismissal. He knew that sooner or later that moment would come and he revealed it in recent statements to the newspaper The country. “I had it sworn [Abascal] since I made him come to testify at the trial ”, he stated, highlighting his work in the party over the years:“ We made Terrassa the second city, behind Barcelona, ​​with more affiliates. ”The lawyer then did not want to leave the militancy thinking that it could change things from within. In fact, in September 2020 he tried to appear in the primaries to direct Vox Barcelona against Juan Garriga, but he did not manage to gather the necessary endorsements. Rodríguez-Pachón complained that the leadership of the The party had committed irregularities. Now, after his dismissal, he has definitively abandoned the militancy in Vox, as confirmed to this writing in a telephone conversation. “We are grassroots people who do not like caciquismo. Everything that is happening in Vox is nonsense and the worst thing is that they are intimidating the affiliates, “laments the former Terrassa coordinator.

Rodríguez-Pachón does not rule out promoting a new political project that welcomes the Vox dissidents “who are not as radical as the current leaders of the formation”, and that also opens the doors to the disenchanted Citizens and the PP. A new party “to channel the anger that exists with the current political caste,” he points out. At the moment he does not want to advance much more but does not deny that he is in contact with those who are leaving the extreme right wing to test the waters.

Critics denounce the “invasion of we platform“in Vox

One of the complaints repeatedly made by critics is that Vox Barcelona has become a refuge for “the most radical”, the “we platform “, as they call the charges from PxC, which are many. Starting with the president of Vox Barcelona himself, Juan Garriga, cousin of the one who was a candidate for the Generalitat, Ignacio Garriga, who has now become the leader of Vox in Catalonia and a spokesman for the parliamentary group. Also the secretary and now regional deputy, Mónica Lora, who was a councilor in Mataró of PxC. Both attended the last autonomous regions on the list for Barcelona as number three and five, respectively. Both Garriga and Lora are awaiting trial accused of a crime of incitement to hatred for the campaign carried out in Reus under those acronyms, in the municipal elections of 2011, in which they charged against Muslim immigrants.

In addition, the organization secretary of VOX Barcelona, ​​Jordi de la Fuente, belonged to PxC and was previously a leader of the neo-Nazi group Movimiento Social Republicano. De la Fuente also has two trials pending, one of them for the attack, together with a group of far-right activists, on a center for immigrant minors in El Masnou, in July 2019.

A crisis branched out to other territories

The crisis within the far-right formation has spread to other territories. A few days ago, in Alicante the deputy secretary of organization and coordinator of the tables of the entire province, Andrés Íñigo Martínez, also resigned, as he himself has confirmed on social networks. His resignation took place shortly after the complaint filed with the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Court of Accounts “for the alleged crimes of illegal financing, money laundering, unfair administration, embezzlement of public funds and criminal organization” by the Civic Alliance party. , a recently created national training that is defined as “pragmatic and transversal”, which ensures that it is nourished by people from “civil society”, with no political past.

Precisely in Alicante, other former leaders of Vox ended up promoting a new project called TÚPatria, whose leadership includes more than half a dozen former positions of the Abascal party, starting with the president, Carmen Gomis, who was a member of the National Executive Commission and provincial secretary of Vox Alicante until March 2019. The truth is that the parade of dropouts – or, in some cases, expulsions – has been incessant since the far-right formation began its national expansion and managed to position itself as the third force in Congress. Some of these dissidents formed an internal current at the national level, Vox Habla. The latest project that has appeared in the political arena is called Valores and is promoted by Alfonso Galdón, former president of the Murcia Family Forum, who last September appeared in the primaries to preside over Vox in the Region and ended up giving a slammed the door to the extreme right wing, which he accused of “lack of internal democracy.”

Despite the fact that the internal movements continue unstoppable and the unrest against Abascal and the national leadership grows, Vox continues to land little by little in the institutions. In Madrid last 4M it won 13 seats, one more than the 12 it had until then. However, the first major setback was suffered in Catalonia, where the other parties have used a ruse in the Parliament to exclude them from the distribution of regional senators – using a different distribution formula than the usual one, called ‘Imperiali’ -, despite the fact that due to the weight obtained in the elections they corresponded one. The president of the parliamentary group, Juan Garriga, took the floor in the plenary session on the 13th to ironize and describe this maneuver as a “democratic ‘Imperiali’ scam” and also anticipate that they will denounce it before the Constitutional Court.