Catalan Civil Society (SCC) presented this Saturday, during the ceremony to commemorate the second anniversary of the demonstration for the unity of Spain «We broke the silence», the Platform of People Affected by Procés (PAP) with the presence of representatives of Citizens , PSC, PP and Barcelona Canvi.
In it, the president of Catalan Civil Society (SCC), Fernando Sánchez Costa, has called for “that Catalonia does not return to the fall of 2017” or the insurrectionary scenario that, according to him, was lived after 1-O, against which constitutionalists manifested itself in defense of the rule of law on October 8 two years ago. He has also advocated for the unity of the constitutionalist parties.
During his speech, Sánchez Costa has made five requests to Catalan institutions: respect the neutrality of public spaces; change the electoral law to make it more proportional; normalize, according to him, the use of Spanish as a vehicular language in school; that the expenses related to the pro-independence process be submitted to an audit; and a “depoliticization” of the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police) and the media.
For its part, the coordinator of the new Platform, Dolores Agenjo, explained that its objective, in a spirit of reconciliation and coexistence, is to support the “victims silenced” by the pro-independence movement, who can call a telephone line and have Legal assistance if they wish to report something.
Among the attending politicians, the PP spokeswoman in Congress, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, stood out; the leader of the popular in Catalonia, Alejandro Fernéndez, and the municipal leader in Barcelona, Josep Bou; the president of Cs in the Parliament, Carlos Carrizosa, and the deputy Joan García; the leader of BCN-Lliures and councilor of Barcelona, Manuel Vales; Deputy David Pérez and Joan Ferran (PSC).
The president of Cs in the Parliament, Carlos Carrizosa, has assured that the pro-independence movement has always opted for “violence in some kind of degree”, and that they have lied to say that it was a citizen movement because, according to him, it comes from the high spheres . He has asked the attendees to vote, “not for Cs”, but for the constitutionalist parties, which are the vanguard and not the rearguard or resistance, he said.
Plurality versus independence
PSC deputy David Pérez has celebrated the collaboration that took place on October 6 and 7, 2017 between the non-independentist parties – with praise from the then government delegate, Enric Millo, the former CSQEP deputy Joan Coscubiela and the deputy from Cs Carlos Carrizosa–.
He has argued that “it is not worth it” to discuss who is more constitutionalist, monarchist or federalist, but to bet on plurality to face independence, something that happened, according to him, in the motion of censure to the then president of the Government Mariano Rajoy In a video, the secretary of organization of the PSC, Salvador Illa, has described as “right” the call for the demonstration in defense of plurality, although he has lamented that it was because of circumstances that they had never wanted to live.
The spokeswoman for the PP in Congress, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, said that with the demonstration on October 8 the left reconciled with constitutionalism, and that its defenders are “millions, a vibrant and stubborn” majority. In his opinion, “constitutionalism must be a policy, not an emergency,” as it was, in his opinion, its defense in the days after 1-O, which she has labeled xenophobic.
The PP deputy Alejandro Fernández has argued, in statements prior to the act, that October 8 served to allow “the silent majority, unfortunately often silenced, to go out and say they were alive” and also to say that Catalunya was a plural society.
The president of BCN Canvi, Manuel Valls, has said that, without Catalan Civil Society, he would not have returned to Barcelona to defend constitutionalism against independence. He has equated it with Brexit, the French ‘yellow vests’ and movements of the right of Brazil and the United States: “There is no moderate Catalanism” nor is it possible to be a nationalist and leftist, he said, which is why he does not believe that ERC defends either of those two political options.