The former President of the Government José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, has defended this Thursday that President Pedro Sánchez should pardon the independentistas condemned by the process Although it is “difficult” and they accuse him of “treason against Spain”, because so were other “important decisions” that he had to make when he governed, such as the law of homosexual marriage or the negotiation with ETA, and which were later demonstrated, in his opinion, beneficial.
“This decision can significantly help what all Spaniards want, which is for things to be better between Catalonia and the rest of Spain, which the independence movement loses strength and that the dialogue recovers“, he assured in statements to the media.
For this reason, Rodríguez Zapatero has rejected the criticism of also former president Felipe González about this issue. Thus, he has assured that he does not share them “at all” and has reminded him that when he was at the head of the Government, the PSOE also supported him “in difficult moments.”
“My teammates supported me in difficult moments, and also many of us support Felipe González in difficult times. I like that that school prevails for the future as a hallmark of the PSOE, where of course there is a wide freedom of judgment, but in big questions you always have to try to help the government of your party, because they did it with you, it is a reciprocity reasonable “, has demanded.
Specifically, Rodríguez Zapatero recalled that 15 years ago, when he governed, his government was accused of betraying the family for approving the homosexual marriage law, and they also accused him of betraying the victims of ETA, alluding to the negotiation with the terrorist gang in 2006. “The goal and conclusion was that we achieved an end to violence and peace“, he has added.
A decision that “helps”, with “very positive effects”
For all this, the former president has assured that although now in the short term it may generate rejection, the Government has the obligation “to look long term” and maintain a position of “defense of the general interest”.
In this sense, pardons are, in his opinion, the “convenient” decision, because they will represent another step in the direction of dialogue, and that will produce, according to Zapatero, “very positive effects”. “I think this helps,” he defended.
Regarding the cost that the pardons would have for the PSOE, he assured that they have been “a pillar of democracy” and the “search for consensus and coexistence”, and has justified that it is normal that difficult decisions have to be made from the Government.
“You have to do the things that really matter and thinking about the long term,” he insisted, while predicting that if those convicted by the 1-O are finally pardoned, within a few years a “significant reduction of the independence drive”.
In addition, he has rejected that the Government is going to make this decision “to help yourself“, thinking of maintaining its parliamentary alliances with ERC and not in the general interest and out of conviction.” It is unsustainable, as the nationalist parties are not going to contribute to harming the Government to favor the right wing of PP and Vox. I do not know supports that analysis “, has warned.
Asked about the notice of the Supreme Court and of some socialist barons that the condemned have not repented, Rodríguez Zapatero has argued that “democracy must have the initiative”. Or what do we want, to return to that situation of 2017? “, He asked himself.” When you are thinking about seeking rapprochement and dialogue, it seems extraordinary to me, “he added.