The president of ERC, Oriol Junqueras, this Tuesday on RNE.
The president of ERC, Oriol Junqueras, smiles when Josep Cuní (director of 24 Horas in RNE) asks him if his party favors a government of PP and Vox after the general elections on July 23. Cuní only reacted to a transcendent statement by the leader seconds before: “Nobody made as many independentistas as Mariano Rajoy and probably nobody will make as many as Alberto Núñez Feijóo and Santiago Abascal.” (…) Any threat brings opportunities”.
“Consequently – picks up the veteran journalist -, you would be interested in a PP-Vox government, because of what you have just established here.” “This is not necessarily the conclusion of what I just said,” Junqueras replies. “Deduct -continues-, many things can be deduced… Also this. This does not mean that we prefer it; it means that if it does occur, we will try to manage the circumstances to the best of our ability. We want the best for Catalan and Spanish society”.
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Cuní did not miss the last statement either and interrupted Junqueras: “Excuse me… Are you concerned about Spanish society or just Catalan society?” The independence leader does not hesitate and assures that he wants “the best for everyone”, that there are “many ties and links” and that he works “for democracy and social rights” wherever they are at stake. In this sense, he advocates “for the unity not only of the independence movement, but of the democrats” in the face of the threat of “an increasingly extreme right.”
In the interview, Junqueras, who served nearly three years and eight months in prison for the illegal referendum of October 2017 in Catalonia, values as “very normal” that Núñez Feijóo includes in his electoral program, presented hours before, the rehabilitation of the crime of sedition in the Criminal Code: “It seems very normal to me that the PP wants to impose nineteenth-century crimes, very much in tune with its usual proposals. It does not exist in any European penal code”.
Of course, the independence leader, or so he says, was not “concerned” then -before it was repealed by the Government of Pedro Sánchez- nor is he “concerned now” about the possibility of the crime returning. The process, he proclaims, has not ended: “The democratic cause that implies that Catalan society can decide on its future is never over. (…) Until democracy is exercised, the cause remains perfectly valid ”, he sentenced.
Asked by the former president Carles Puigdemont, his former vice president ditch that the “personal relationship is very good with everyone”, without going into details, and that “in any case, it is absolutely unfair that someone is persecuted for doing something that is not a crime ”, as in his opinion it is to put ballot boxes without authorization in voting centers to decide the independence of Catalonia.
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