Emma Riverola 11/04/2020
I think of Catalan President Torra’s overacting on differences with the Sánchez government, in the always well-oiled propaganda apparatus, ready to raise the same to the altars and to despise everything that smells of Spain
I think of Azaña. That man who defended tooth and nail the 1932 Statute of Catalonia, the one who believed in a welcoming Spain for all. Until the civil war came and, on the most difficult days, he lamented “the many and very enormous and scandalous that (have) been the evidence of insolidarity and detachment, of hostility, of blackmailing that the Catalan politics of these months had given in front of the Government of the Republic “. How useless, how fateful does that lack of solidarity appear from a historical perspective!
I think of Torra’s overacting on differences with Sánchez’s government, in his surreal letters to EU leaders, in his need to sell that the Catalan Government has its own plan to tackle the pandemic and that, of course, it is better, with more expertise … that dangerous supremacist megalomania. I think of the always well-oiled propaganda apparatus, ready to raise the own to the altars and to despise everything that smells of Spain. If manipulation is necessary, it is manipulated. And if you have to lie, you lie. I think of the obstacles placed on hospitals erected by the Civil Guard or the Army, on resistance to help disinfect residences. And yes, I also think of those residences turned into deadly traps. More than 1,500 old people have died within its walls in Catalonia.
There is a difference between criticizing and blaming. And that difference makes democracy breathable or turns into a quagmire where hatred makes its profit. The Sánchez government could have done much better. The one from Torra, too. But, in these days of pain for the present and concern for a terrifying future, the most terrible side effect of the coronavirus is that we blame an administration for murder. There are limits to disloyalty. The damage can be devastating. We know very little about this pandemic, but much of how contagious hatred can be. Above all, when the State aid is considered so impure that it does not serve to disinfect.