The content of the conference Pere Aragonès in Madrid has begun to appear through the mere composition of the public: two ministers of the Government of Spain – his partner of reference -, deputies of Podemos and Bildu … and no one from Junts per Cat – those related to Puigdemont that govern Catalonia with Aragonès himself.
All this could translate into the solidity of the Government-Republican Esquerra alliance and the fracture that plagues not only Catalonia, but also the separatist faction. In this context, Aragonès has approached the microphone and challenged Moncloa to call a referendum of self-determination: “Dare to win and lose. I dare. But I am convinced that our option would win.”
The president of Catalonia has reiterated his threat: if there is no progress in the “negotiation” with Moncloa regarding this referendum, “other alternatives” will be explored. But Aragonès, faced with cross-questions from journalists, has not wanted to clarify what those alternatives are.
Absolute full in the XXI Century Club, which has been holding its talks at the Eurobuilding hotel, on the banks of the Paseo de la Castellana, since the Transition. Josep Tarradellas he was invited in 1985. The difference between his message and that of Aragonès gives the measure of the situation in which Catalonia finds itself.
Aragonès’s thesis is that of “amnesty and self-determination” and, despite his calls for negotiation, he does not appear to be willing to give in. He has leaned, almost personally, for a majority of “fifty percent plus one” for independence to be a reality.
However, he has admitted that, if Moncloa were to open, it could speak of conditions such as “reinforced majorities” and qualified “participation.” A message ministers have heard Joan Subirats [Universidades] e Isabel rodriguez [portavoz].
Manuela Carmena, who has presented Aragonès in the rostrum, has defined him as “a man of dialogue”. But then, the “dialogue” embodied by the President of the Generalitat has not crossed any border other than the independence referendum.
He has anticipated it himself in the preamble, almost as if wanting to ensure that his message would be understood in that key, and not in another: “I am a president pro-independence, republican and left wing. They will see those ideological signs throughout the intervention. “
Aragonès, during his visit to Madrid, has asked “respect for the majority will of Catalonia”, which involves “deciding the future of the country in a peaceful and democratic way.” Immediately afterwards, he lamented “the inability of the Spanish State to facilitate this demand.”
“We want to decide without fear and in freedom. That is what mature and advanced democracies do,” he stressed. The pro-independence politician has not wanted to set any date for the next meeting of the “dialogue table” with the Government, but has mentioned the “beginning of 2022” as something agreed.
“What slows down the negotiation is the absence of proposals from the State institutions,” blamed Aragonès. At that moment, he has launched a battery of questions to Pedro Sanchez.
“Will Catalonia be recognized as a nation? Will Catalonia’s foreign action be recognized so that we can interact with other States? Will the laws agreed to by the Parliament be respected?”
By way of pressure, Aragonès has told PSOE and Podemos that “this is the last opportunity to resolve the Catalan conflict through the ballot box.” He has said it in reference to those polls that predict a possible government majority made up of PP and Vox.
However, to the tranquility of Sánchez, the separatist politician has clarified that “they will always be on a progressive front against the ultra-right,” whether or not the negotiations advance. Although then he has asked that this not be used as an “excuse” to extend the deadlines.