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Thousands of people demonstrate in Barcelona against the amnesty for Catalan politicians


Barcelona (Spain), Oct 8 (EFE).- Thousands of people participated this Sunday in the center of Barcelona in a demonstration called against the amnesty for those involved in the 2017 sovereignty process within the framework of the investiture of the socialist candidate Pedro Sánchez, a protest that was attended by the top leaders of the right-wing and far-right parties.

Organized by the Societat Civil Catalana collective, opposed to the independence of Catalonia, thousands of people from different parts of Spain marched to demand that Sánchez, the current acting president of the Government, not agree to amnesty the Catalan politicians who arrived in 2017. to declare, for a few seconds, the independence of this Spanish region.

The Socialist Party needs to reach agreements with multiple parties to invest Sánchez, among them with several Catalan, Basque and Galician nationalist and independence parties. Yesterday, his government partner, Sumar, presented her amnesty proposal that was not supported by the socialists although Sánchez recently recognized that this forgiveness is one of the issues in the conversations.

Among the political leaders who attended today’s protest was the leader of the conservative Popular Party (PP), Alberto Núñez Feijóo, who last week failed to be sworn in as president for not obtaining the necessary support in Congress; the presidents of the regions of Madrid, Andalusia, Murcia and Aragón, the mayor of Madrid (all of them from the PP) or the leader of the far-right Vox, Santiago Abascal.

The march, with a large presence of Spanish flags and some Catalan and European flags, started in the center of the city at around 12 noon under the slogan “Not in my name. Not in my name: neither amnesty nor self-determination”, although One of the most chanted slogans was “Puigdemont to prison”, in reference to former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont.

Vox carried its own banner under the slogan “No to amnesty. No to Sánchez’s coup” and others could be read such as “Amnesty is not justice” or “Illegalize separatist parties.” Also some messages in Catalan, such as “Aturem el cop” (Let’s stop the coup).

At the beginning of the march Feijóo addressed the media and assured that “the presidency of the Government of Spain cannot be sold or negotiated based on a reactionary decision” such as the amnesty.

The leader of the PP cried out against what he considers “a cacicada inappropriate for a democracy and an open and plural society” and criticized Sánchez’s Socialist Party for presenting the amnesty as a way to advance reconciliation with Catalonia.

“This is not an amnesty that seeks reconciliation, but rather seeks exclusively the presidency of the Government (…) It does not seek coexistence, but rather an economic transaction, and that is logically a reversal and a reactionary decision,” said Feijóo, for whom the amnesty means “lacking the real and effective equality of citizens before the law.”

For his part, Abascal described the granting of an eventual amnesty as an “attack on the Constitution” and on the “honest people” and stressed that it was “essential to return to Barcelona today to support all the Catalans who are suffering and the Spaniards who are restless.” to what is happening.”

“The amnesty and self-determination that are on the table for Sánchez to achieve the investiture are an attack on the Constitution and are an attack on honest people, working people, who pay fines, who pay taxes and who respect the laws even when They don’t like them,” he added.

The president of the Catalan Civil Society convener, Elda Mata, spoke for her part of “unconstitutional aberration” and assured that the pardon of the convicted Catalan politicians would be given “in exchange for political favors.”

Mata called on national parties to prioritize “state pacts and respect for the rule of law.”

The massive march, which is expected to end around 2 p.m., occurs after the mobilization called by the PP that brought together several thousand protesters in Madrid on September 24. EFE


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