"What is progressive about Puigdemont's people?" asks the former president.
He acknowledges that the pardons "worked" and feels "embarrassed" that the PSOE negotiated the amnesty in Brussels
The former president of the Government Felipe González has once again categorically rejected an amnesty law that would favor those prosecuted for the 'procés' in Catalonia and has defended that "it is not worth it" to approve this measure by "seven votes" to carry out a investiture, which is why he has advocated a repeat election to "win."
The former leader of the PSOE has reflected on the current political situation in a video published by his foundation, where he addresses, as a main issue, the negotiations of the PSOE with the Catalan independence parties of Junts and ERC, in addition to a future amnesty law that, according to has insisted, goes against the Constitution.
First of all, González has criticized the PSOE partners, questioning whether formations like Junts are "progressive." "I think about what is defined as a progressive government. What is progressive about Puigdemont's people? It will be more or less right-wing, but it is certainly not supportive and progressive," exclaimed the former president, who has also charged against Sumar, who "does not believe" in the Constitution and is a political space that branded social democrats as "social traitors" in previous times, as he has said.
At another point, he has reproached Pedro Sánchez for his change of position with the amnesty and has asked him to say "up to this point" because it goes against the Constitution, although he has recognized that the pardons for the Catalan prisoners were positive because they helped calm coexistence in Catalonia. But he has warned: "It is one thing to forgive, not forget it, and another to ask for forgiveness. They are forcing us to ask for forgiveness. Not only to erase the crimes, we have to ask for forgiveness from Puigdemont and consider him like Tarradellas. This is a fugitive from the justice," González said about the flight since 2017.
González has highlighted his political position "on such important issues", reiterating that he defends the position of the PSOE but that "supporting a party is not supporting what is decided one day or another." "I am willing to say that the changes in the party's position on the issue of amnesty are not justified," he indicated, while underlining that he agrees with the PSOE's arguments before the elections and with the explanation they The former Minister of Justice Juan Carlos Campo then gave.
Regarding the pardons that the Government granted to the Catalan independence leaders in prison, he explained that he supported them because, in his opinion, "it was a good mechanism to exercise the right of grace and partial forgiveness for some of the behavior" in October 1st.
However, González has stressed that the amnesty "from a legal point of view" does not fit in the Constitution, discrediting the PSOE itself for denying "again and again" before 23J that there could be amnesty and self-determination. "I am disciplined with the party's project, which is now truncated. I am against the amnesty because the party has been against the amnesty. There are no legal reasons. There are no political reasons to start opening a melon whose consequences are already we are living and they will be worse," he warned.
The former president has also shown his rejection of a mediator and has insisted that an "amnesty without consensus of the Chambers will never work and will undo coexistence." Likewise, he has expressed embarrassment that this measure is being "drafted in Brussels" and "with the amnestied people." "And if they want to have an amnesty, they should consult with all Spaniards," he defended.
He has also regretted that the PSC has lost the "centrality that Catalan socialism has occupied" and has asked the two major parties to execute the "constitutional obligation" to renew the General Council of the Judiciary.