Puigdemont ignores Sánchez: "Opera can be heard at the Liceu but a political message is sent to the Catalans in the Parliament"

The former Catalan president calls on the State to respect his “immunity” to return to Catalonia

Puigdemont and the councilors of JxCat in the GovernmentHorst WagnerEFE

The new battle of the Catalan independence parties involves reducing the granting of pardons prepared by the Government of Pedro Sánchez. And for this there is nothing better than to appeal to resolutions that have not yet been produced by European bodies to undermine the measure of grace of the Socialist Executive. If, in addition, the attack on pardons serves to counteract the statements of the leader of the other independence party, with which the secessionist electoral space is disputed despite sharing the Government, then the political strategy is clear.

It is the one shown by the former president of the Generalitat and leader of JxCat, Carles Puigdemont, assuring that “at the Lyceum you can listen to opera, even do theater, but to send a political message to the people of Catalonia you must go to the Parliament” , in reference to the act that the President of the Government, Pedro Snchez, will do this Monday at the Liceo de Barcelona in which he will be able to announce the pardons.

Puigdemont has met with the councilors of his party that make up the new Government and with Vice President Jordi Puigner in Waterloo to discuss strategies for the future. After the meeting, the escaped former president assured that Sanchez’s concession is “a self-indulgence” since the State “will release some prisoners who should not have spent a day in prison before being told by European justice, but 3 years later. Not one of the large folders that Catalonia has open regarding the conflict with Spain will be closed. What was a weakness of the State was repression. They responded to a peaceful demand with prison. These pardons should be done anyway by the pressure of justice. European. ”

For this reason, Puigdemont assured that “what will guarantee my return to Catalonia is respect for the immunity that I enjoy” and I urge Snchez to go to Parliament to give a “political message” on “whether he intends to respect the EU and its rules of the game, instead of Spain being an exception to the rule of law “. A few weeks ago the General Court of the European Union (TGUE) provisionally restored the immunity, which Puigdemont and former councilors Antoni Comn and Clara Ponsat enjoyed as MEPs, although in March it was withdrawn by the European Parliament, which could activate the Eurorder against them.

Regarding the words of ERC leader Oriol Junqueras this Sunday, who considers the pardons a “triumph over the State”, the vice president of the Government, Jordi Puigner, said that “what we want with the pardons is that if they have to be done “although the” triumph “for JxCat is” independence and the end of the repression with the amnesty. ”

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