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So celebration, yes; but skepticism too. And second, that the PSOE’s concessions help to liquidate the demagogy of repression. In other words, that they convince Catalan citizens that today the Spanish state may be unfriendly, but it is not a repressive state.

Fernando Ónega, 8 March 2024

Emiliano García-Page / EP

If this time Pedro Sánchez has not changed his mind; if Félix Bolaños is sincere in his long and passionate chant of amnesty; if the spokesmen of the new ‘Sanchista’ socialism do not speak only to win the sympathy of the boss, and if no one close to the Spanish government tries to deceive public opinion, we are entering a period of supreme happiness. So supreme that it will mean the overcoming of all the conflicts that have pitted Catalonia against the State for more than three centuries. This new stage is distinguished, according to the testimonies cited, by re-union, reconciliation, dialogue, unity, harmony, coexistence, the closing of wounds and the confirmation of the strength and validity of the Spanish Constitution. Is there anyone who gives more? Yes: the author of the definition of this amnesty as a suggestive project “that represents the social majority”.

So, as the king would say, let us all go together, and I am the first, along the path of amnesty, proclaimed by the ministers as the new constitutional path. Or, as the director JordiJuan did yesterday, let us certify that “now there are no disconnection laws or declarations of independence”. Supreme happiness, I say. On the other side of such an idyllic horizon, Emiliano García-Page clarified: the issue is that independence “renounces to return to the starting point”, and in this small detail the official triumphalism is shipwrecked. Not only did secessionism not give up, but Puigdemont announced that he is returning to the point where he left it off the day he fled in an escape that he ennobles by calling it exile. President Aragonés said in the Senate that this is the first step towards independence. The Bureau of the Parliament gave course to a popular legislative initiative that asks to legitimise the DUI.

It is practically announced that the next step will be to demand the referendum, and nobody knows how far the confrontation with the judges and the right wing will go after what we have seen these days.

What do I mean by these annotations? That the amnesty, as its most passionate defenders say, is an instrument of concord and coexistence, although its origin has been to save Pedro Sánchez and now to free Puigdemont from the criminal ordeal. Once its content has been agreed, it is to be hoped that it will also mean consolidating national unity and accepting the Constitution, also with the Basque Country in mind, especially if Bildu ends up governing after the next elections. But García-Page is right: full concord depends on the nationalists, and we have already said that they are not expected to renounce sovereignty, nor the referendum or the demand for investment.

That is why this columnist puts his expectations in the fridge and limits himself to waiting for two things. First, the unfolding of events. It is not clear that a demanding and triumphant independence movement corresponds to Sánchez’s self-interested generosity. So celebration, yes; but skepticism too. And second, that the PSOE’s concessions help to liquidate the demagogy of repression. In other words, that they convince Catalan citizens that today the Spanish state may be unfriendly, but it is not a repressive state.

https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20240308/9543358/celebracion-escepticismo.html

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