Some 300 people, according to the calculation of the Urban Guard, have concentrated this Friday in Barcelona, in front of the headquarters of the Government Delegation, against the granting of pardons to the independence leaders in prison. The right wing did a test in Catalonia of the photo on Sunday in Colón with this result: Ciudadanos called the protest and ended up taking it; the leaders of the Catalan PP remained in a discreet second row and Vox has already announced that it would not attend because the mobilization was organized by a party. The event culminated in the unfolding of a banner that read Pardons no, next to a red palm.
From there, the protest sparked a small Citizens’ rally. The popular ones took a step back and were confused among the protesters. Under the classic heart-shaped flags, Inés Arrimadas, president of the party, and Carlos Carrizosa, leader of the formation in Catalonia, took a small podium and spoke out against the pardons. “Forgiveness is legitimizing them and forgetting and rewriting history,” said the deputy.
The PP did not summon its militancy and only half a dozen leaders attended. Fernández justified his presence at the protest for three reasons: because there is “no” democracy in the world that gives pardons to those who have not repented of the crime; that he uses the measure of grace as a “bargaining chip” so that the president of a government remains in the armchair or in which, in his opinion, the concept of concord is perverted. Fernández has been accompanied, among others, by Santi Fernández, Secretary General, and Deputy Llanos de Luna. Neither of the two deputies of the group (Eva Parera and Lorena Roldán) nor the mayor of Badalona, Xavier García Albiol nor the councilor for Barcelona, Josep Bou, attended.
With banners with slogans of “Yes to democracy”, “No to pardons” and “No in my name”, the concentration, limited in the street of Mallorca, between Pau Claris and Llúria, has had the presence of spokespersons from a dozen constitutional entities such as José Domingo, from Impulso Ciudadano. Fernando Sánchez Costa, president of Societat Civil, has not participated in the photo on the banner, claiming that his entity is plural and that he is in an image featuring two parties. The collective is against pardons.