Madrid 30 OCT 2019 – 13:29 CET
Writers such as Juan Marsé, Luis Goytisolo, Javier Marías, Javier Cercas, Juan José Millás and Rosa Montero have demanded the resignation of the president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, and the call for regional elections that “give rise to a government that really represents to all Catalans “, and do not exclude, reverse the cuts and “do not steal public money to finance the process “. In a statement of the movement Recortes Cero (Zero Cuts) that have signed more than twenty personalities, in addition to 300 other signatories, the resignation of Torra as president of the Generalitat is required. “We cannot allow institutions to continue to be used to encourage confrontation and spread hatred among fellow citizens. These types of situations are typical of the most reactionary rights, called Torra or Abascal,” said the platform’s statement.
The text calls for “a new Government, emerged from an election, which truly represents all Catalans, and addresses as an urgent task the reversal of the cuts and rebuild among all the open and plural Catalonia.” In a telephone call with EL PAÍS, Javier Cercas has confirmed the signing of this manifesto that, as he explained, has not been the first under the umbrella of Recortes Cero and is financed with financial contributions from the signatories. “The text is aimed at showing that the Spanish left and the Catalan left do not want to face that this movement is unequivocally reactionary,” says Cercas. The manifesto has also been backed by actress Julieta Serrano, filmmaker Fernando Colomo, academic Francisco Rico or former Carlos Jiménez Villarejo, among others, who present themselves as “left-wing people with different political cultures.”
The text of Recortes Cero (Zero Cuts) places special emphasis on denouncing the “lies” of Torra and Carles Puigdemont about the trial of the process. The platform states that the Catalan leaders judged by the Supreme Court have not been “condemned for their ideas.” The trial has not “sanctioned millions of voters,” and “independence has not even been tried.” And it insists that the Supreme Court has judged “the acts of specific leaders who have violated the Constitution, have tried to fracture the country and divide the people.” “The defendants have been convicted of embezzlement. That is corruption. They are a ‘criminal organization’ that looted public coffers under the 3% flag. They are not ‘fighters victims of a repressive state,’ says the text of Recortes Cero .
In this sense, they indicate that the independence leaders “are not victims with whom one must stand in solidarity”, that they are part of an “elite that has the power of the Generalitat” and that they called a referendum “without the minimum democratic guarantees”. On the other hand, they remark that the “qualification of ‘political prisoners’, is disrespectful to many of anti-Franco fighters, and besides give support those who divide and make people confront each other.” And that they try to “use the sentence for greater division and confrontation.”