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The struggle for hegemony in the pro-independence side has generated toxins that are now out of control. The radicalized children and grandchildren of the former Pujolist ruling class wake up at night, startled by the possibility that Esquerra rules for twenty years

Enric Juliana, Madrid

10/17/2019 02:02 Updated on 10/17/2019 15:24

The main objectives of the current strategy of tension are avoiding the settlement of a government in Spain in favor of pacts, as well as blocking the consolidation of a new hegemonic party in Catalonia, replacing the old Convergence. A party today willing to graduate the independence claim, after having contributed to blow up, on October 26, 2017, the hesitant attempt of Carles Puigdemont to avoid the application of article 155 of the Constitution with the call for elections to the Parliament

(The story is known. Puigdemont backed down at the last moment, for reasons that have already been told several times and that he will finish explaining in an upcoming book. The interesting task of comparing the version of Puigdemont with the messages he crossed with the lehendakari Urkullu will remain for historians to complete; this documentation was delivered by the Basque president has delivered to the Montserrat Tarradellas archives in the Poblet monastery, along with other written testimonies of his mediation work).

The struggle for hegemony in the pro-independence side has generated toxins that are now out of control

The current strategy of tension has its origin in those difficult days, which ended with the breakdown of the autonomy seal (seal Catalonia will never recover again), the call for elections with the signature of Mariano Rajoy, the arrest of politicians now condemned, the judicial construct of rebellion (now collapsed in the Supreme Court), the independence victory in the elections of 155, the affirmation of the character Puigdemont, an intuitive type that soon captured how the dynamics of destruction of conventional political forces works in Europe, and the symbolic resurrection of the Waterloo site two hundred years after Napoleon’s defeat.

The strategy of tension comes from afar. There are many pending accounts within the independence movement. The radicalized children and grandchildren of the former Pujolist ruling class wake up at night, startled by the possibility that Esquerra rules for twenty years. They are not willing to allow the regional stewardship recruited by Josep Lluis Carod Rovira and Joan Puigcercós to occupy the place they believed reserved for them. As a medium of this anguish, Puigdemont wants to prevent a hegemonic cycle of ERC through the tactics of continuous overflow: movement against party. Oriol Junqueras would like to consolidate his party, connecting it, cautiously, with Spanish politics and with moderate Catalonia.

The complexity of the current moment in Catalonia cannot be reduced to the insomniac combat between ERC and a recycled Convergencia, but nothing happening today can be understood without taking into account how the strategy of tension was born, now facilitated by an irresponsible Spanish temporariness that never ends.

The Catalan civil protest against the sentence is very broad and peaceful. The tension strategy was intended to crown it with a occupied airport: Hong Kong in Europe. For two days, the situation is getting out of their control. In addition to settling outstanding accounts, they intend to shake the death electoral campaign wanted by Pedro Sánchez and avoid the settlement of a framework in favor of pacts in Spain for the next four years.

https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20191017/471031992219/la-estrategia-de-la-tension.html

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