The so-called Law of only yes is yes of Irene Montero, from which they have already benefited 730 sexual offenders -more of 70 have been released– has caused the complete break of the coalition government. PSOE and Podemos have exchanged harsh reproaches in the debate for its reform, which has become a pitched dialectical battle. The reform has begun its parliamentary journey thanks to to the support of the Popular Party to the socialist proposal. Can I had already advanced that I would vote against because it considers that the initiative abolishes “consent”, a fallacious argument because it has always been at the center of the Penal Code.
The reform -which the PSOE registered alone and which has caused weeks of disagreements with its partners- returns to the range of penalties that was included for sexual assaults in the Penal Code of 2010, before the norm promoted by the Ministry of Equality .
Before the Yes is yes, the Criminal Code distinguished between abuse and sexual assault and, for the latter, included prison sentences of between 1 and 5 years. The law promoted by Montero lowered the maximum sentence to 4 years. In addition, for the crime of rape, a minimum sentence of 6 to 4 years in prison was passed.
This retouching, in any case, It will not prevent the sentence reductions and releases from continuing to happen. In fact, the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) predicts that its effects may be extended up to five years, as OKDIARIO advanced, with hundreds of new revisions. More than 4,000 sexual offenders are serving sentences in Spanish prisons.
The PSOE has intoned self-criticism on Tuesday for the approval of the law and has scolded its partners to support the new text. “We are tired of his rantsstop the hyperbole and talk about solutions, “said the deputy Andrea Fernández.
The socialist has defended the historical tradition of her party for equality, a flag that the PSOE disputes with Podemos, and has warned that “Slogans are not valid here”.
It should be remembered, however, that the Ministry of the Presidency was aware of the risks, as revealed in a report published exclusively by this newspaper, in which Moncloa warned Equality about the reduction in sentences, which were “substantially reduced », something «not justified».
Upon arrival at Congress, the Minister for Equality, Irene Monterohas considered «bad news, and more on the eve of 8M, that the PSOE shake hands with the right» to «return to the Criminal Code of violence and intimidation», the false argument on which Podemos is based. Montero has considered it “obvious” that “a response must be given to judicial decisions to lower sentences” for sexual offenders, but has opted for “a unitary response from the Government.” The two partners have negotiated since November without any success, while Sánchez himself publicly declared himself “proud” of the law.
Irene Montero has listened to the criticism of her partners sitting on the bench blue and with the only company of the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra. No other Podemos minister has attended the plenary session. Vice President Yolanda Díaz has opted for a low profile in the war between the PSOE and Podemos for this reform, although she has not broken voting discipline.
In a very angry intervention, the deputy of Podemos Lucia Munoz He has considered “very serious” that the socialists ally with Vox and the PP to ask if women “close their legs.” The purple formation has had a very critical intervention towards the PSOE, accusing the party of agreeing with “a handful of fascists who intend to return to silence and guilt.” “We are going to defend the feminist conquests here and in the streets,” warned the deputy from Podemita.
The PP has recalled that the reform “is an amendment to the way of governing” of Sánchez, marked by “lack of solvency and arrogance.” The spokeswoman, Cuca Gamarra, has criticized that the PSOE has not presented the reform “because of the social alarm of the benefits and releases”, “out of humility” or “out of sensitivity towards the victims”, but because of “the electoral alarm”.
the leader popular He has stressed that, despite the division of the Government, the coalition will remain “absolutely the same”. “Yes you can, of course you can. you can resign», He has blurted out, copying the motto of Podemos, addressing Irene Montero. And to the PSOE: «Yes, you can, of course you canit can be stopped».