Josep Pedrerol, 14 November 2022
Image : Mané Espinosa
What is the price?
Public disorder: is that what happened on 1 October in Catalonia? Let’s see, is public disorder what is organised and encouraged by an autonomous government? Is public disorder the passing of laws over and over again? Is public disorder the ignoring of half the Catalans? Is public disorder laughing at the warnings of the illegality that is being committed? Public disorder is the inaction of the Mossos on the orders of the Generalitat? Public disorder is throwing the National Police out of the hotels where they are staying? Public disorder is laughing at the State authorities? Public disorder is declaring independence even if it is for two minutes and serves no purpose? Public disorder is holding an illegal referendum?
All this, and more things that happened in those days, has little to do with public disorder. Sedition is the attempt to break the constitutional order, public disorder is making a mess in the streets, and the latter was a consequence of the former. Let us not be taken for fools.
Politics is the art of dialogue, reaching agreements and forging alliances to improve the lives of citizens. It has nothing to do with submission. Sánchez needs ERC, and ERC needs significant gestures to justify its support for the government without it seeming to be free. Logical. But is it really necessary to go that far? And more importantly, what price is it willing to pay?
Let us not water down one of the most serious events in our democracy.
In Catalonia there is no longer a debate on independence, that is a thing of the past. The procés has been watered down, and credit must be given to the central government. But it would be a mistake to give impetus once again to those who created the false expectations that some people bought into. Catalonia is evolving and looking to the future without seeing Spain as an enemy. Young Catalans dream of living and working in Madrid, London, or Miami. Without complexes. Now everything is being stirred up again with the reform of the Penal Code and not even the pro-independence supporters can agree.
October 1 was an action organised by an autonomous government that used all means to achieve its objectives. Let us not water down one of the most serious events of our democracy. It is important that those who did it do not think that acting in the same way again could be cheaper.