The PSOE and the PP have starred this Monday a brief but tough confrontation in the plenary session of the Eurocámara on account of the law of ‘only yes is yes’, promoted by the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero. The people’s spokesperson rose you will be, has assured that the norm is causing a “cascade” of reductions in sentences and releases of “rapists and pedophiles.” The socialist leader in the European Parliament, Iratxe Garciahas accused Estarás of lying and making “partisan” use of the fight against gender violence.
After the clash between Estarás and García, the European Parliament has rejected the request of the PP to introduce on the agenda of this week’s plenary session a debate on the impact of the ‘yes is yes’ law by 136 votes in favor, 242 against and 6 abstentions. In addition to the leftist groups, the liberals of Renew – with the exception of the MEPs of Ciudadanos – have also opposed the request of the popular arguing that it is a purely national issue.
“In Spain it has happened that it has been approved a law that reduces sentences for rapists and those who violate the sexual freedom of women. There have been more than five releases of pedophiles, of rapists of women. Released, sentence reductions from eight to six years, and so on one after the other,” Estarás said at the start of the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg.
[El TS no podrá fijar un criterio general que arregle la ley del sí es sí a gusto del Gobierno]
“It is urgent to debate this rule to stop this cascade of releases and that nonsense with this law. What I am asking for in this Parliament is not ideology. I appeal to the conscience of the men and women of this Parliament. We have said on repeated occasions that violence against women is an atrocious attack on human rights. We have said that not one more. Now we can prove it: please stop that law“, argued the PP spokesperson.
“This proposal put forward by the popular group seems to me to be raises few scruples and no respect“, the leader of the European socialists replied to him later. “Few scruples because national laws are changed in national parliaments. This is a European parliament, and we must respect the debates that we have here”, alleges Iratxe García.
“We must show much more respect to the European Parliament and respect to the victims, to the women who have been murdered. You cannot allow yourself to be lied to in this way. More respect for women victims of gender violence. I ask for a vote against this PP proposal, which is only trying to hold a partisan debate,” the PSOE spokeswoman said in a loud voice.
The one who has settled the debate has been the leader of Renew, Stephane Sejournewho has indicated that his group will not tolerate that the European Parliament is hijacked by purely national debates. “Let’s avoid these changes to the agenda. My group will systematically vote against, without going into whether the controversies are well-founded, changes based solely on national issues, such as this one,” Séjourné pointed out.
Specifically, the PP intended to change the wording of the debate scheduled for next Wednesday on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is held every year in the Eurocámara. The alternative name proposed by the popular (and which has been rejected by the plenary) was “to eliminate violence against women and combat sexual crimes, including the case of the recently adopted Spanish law that in practice reduces the sentences of convicted criminals“.
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