The leader of ERC, Oriol Junqueras, assumed this Tuesday that the agreement that his party signed with the PSOE for the constitution of the Congress Board already included the amnesty, while he notified the acting president of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, that the Catalan republicans will not renounce unilaterality.
In statements to journalists outside Congress, Junqueras pointed out that the aforementioned agreement with the socialists "already specified that all forms of repression had to be put to an end with all the necessary legal measures." "And we are convinced that the legal measures to put an end to the repression obviously include amnesty," he indicated.
When asked if he believes there can be an agreement for a hypothetical investiture of Sánchez without the amnesty, Junqueras insisted that if the agreement that exists at this time already includes the amnesty, "it is evident that the agreement must include" this legal figure.
However, the Catalan independentist wanted to make it clear to Sánchez that his party will not renounce "in any case" unilateralism to achieve a future Amnesty Law because it is, he said, a "democratic right." "We are convinced that the best way to defend democratic rights is by exercising democratic rights, and it is evident that voting is in no case a crime," he stressed.
In this sense, he stressed that "the amnesty should include all those who have been unjustly persecuted for having done something that, in no case, was a crime because it was not included in the Penal Code."
Therefore, Junqueras maintains that the amnesty should serve to "put justice where there is injustice." "Since we all know that calling and holding a referendum is not a crime, because it is not included in the Penal Code, the amnesty must serve to restore justice to those who have committed an injustice," he explained.
Asked at this point if some type of figure of repentance would be a red line for ERC, Junqueras responded that he would not understand that "no one should repent of what has at no time constituted a crime." "On the contrary, those who should repent are those who have impeded such basic democratic rights as, for example, the right to vote," he stressed.
The leader of the Catalan Republicans has taken advantage of the microphones to call on Junts to agree to join the negotiation with the Government because he believes it would facilitate the conversations.
"Let's hope that he wants to coordinate at some point and wants to definitively join this path," said the politician, highlighting the achievements achieved by his party to date, such as "getting prisoners out of jail, reforming the Penal Code to eliminate crime of sedition or reform the crime of embezzlement".