“At some point you have to put your foot down in the face of some requests (…). My negative vote is not for the agreement with Sumar, it is for the amnesty, because I believe that it will not improve coexistence in Catalonia and will deteriorate it in Spain in his whole”. Francisco Oconone of Pedro Sánchez’s supporters in the reconquest of the general secretary of the PSOE after his defenestration in 2016, now refuses to endorse the measure of grace that the acting president of the Government is willing to grant to those involved in the illegal referendum of 1-O in exchange for the essential support of the independentistas for his re-election.
The position that this former leader has adopted and the reasons for it have been outlined in an article published in the newspaper The Rioja, a community in which he was an autonomous deputy until last June and where he held the reins of the party between 2017 – when he replaced César Luena – and 2021. And he is not alone. Other colleagues in the ranks, some with positions and others rank and file, have also begun to raise their voices to express their rejection of the consultation that Ferraz has launched to try to obtain internal endorsement for his transfers to ERC and Junts.
In the literal question that has been asked of those around 172,600 card-carrying socialists The controversial word does not appear: “Do you support the agreement to form a government with Sumar and obtain the support of other political formations to achieve the necessary majority?” However, in the letter that Sánchez himself sent them to ask for their affirmative vote, the amnesty is explicitly mentioned, arguing that its approval is the “correct path” to “overcome the still open wounds” resulting from “a crisis.” ” that they inherited when they arrived at La Moncloa.
The quantitative dimension of the internal rejection of judicial relief for those accused in the process – of which the only detail that has been given is that it will have “constitutional fit” – will not be known until Sunday, which is the day on which the results of a consultation to which members can respond will be announced. electronically until Friday at 12:00 p.m. and in person in the groups between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. However, the magma of disagreement has publicly spread beyond the limits of Castilla-La Mancha, where its president, Emiliano García-Page, had until now been practically the only active leader critical of the measure.
Jesus Manuel Alonso, mayor of the municipality of Ágreda and former senator of the PSOE, has also announced that he will vote against the question asked of his party’s bases. “The amnesty is an imposition of a person who is technically a criminal and, therefore, the most democratic thing is for there to be an electoral call for people to decide whether they agree or not,” he said this Wednesday in an interview at the television channel La 8 Soria in reference to Carles Puigdemont, who fled from Spanish Justice after the unilateral declaration of independence of Catalonia in 2017.