Wednesday, July 28

accumulation of forces, “confrontation” and another 1-O




The investiture agreement between Esquerra and the CUP known this Sunday includes the design of a legislature that could potentially end in a new clash between the Generalitat and the State. This is stated in the drafting of the document, filtered in the last hours by the anti-establishment, which contemplates a mandate in two major phases: one of “Accumulation of forces” and another, if the dialogue table with the Government fails, in conflict with the current legislation.

The element that would lead to the jump from the first to the second phase would be, according to the text agreed by the negotiators of ERC and the CUP, an eventual failure of the ‘Dialogue Table’ State-Generalitat that ERC and the PSOE agreed as a condition for the investiture of Pedro Sánchez. However, the CUP is committed to giving a “certain margin of time” to this negotiation space that has only met once in La Moncloa before demanding a new clash with state law. With the transfer of the CUP, Junts is left alone defending the need to end this phase of talks with the Executive of the PSOE and United We Can.

According to the document of the agreement, published in the last hours by several Catalan media, Left handed It will continue to bet on exploring “to the maximum” the negotiation with the State in order to achieve a political solution to the Catalan conflict, however, it undertakes not to delay this phase “unnecessarily”. For this reason, it proposes that the progress made in this space be submitted to a rendering of accounts before different official spaces, such as the Parliament of Catalonia, as typical of the independence movement, as the table of parties and sovereign entities.

Date of Expiry

The pact between Republicans and anti-capitalists sets a deadline to decide whether to continue betting on negotiation or, on the contrary, dissolve the ‘Table’ with the Government and reactivate the “confrontation”: the first half of 2023. At that time, the independence movement must decide whether the negotiation process has yielded the expected results or discuss the eventual completion. In any case, both formations, like Junts, agree that dialogue with the State can only lead to two agreements: an “amnesty” law for independence prisoners and a “self-determination” referendum for Catalonia.

In the event that, finally, the negotiation with the State fails and either of the two points is not achieved, Catalonia will enter the second phase, the “Democratic confrontation” with the Government. «The CUP and ERC are committed to generating the conditions and the necessary agreements so that we can propose a new democratic challenge, during this legislature, through the path that the independence movement considers most appropriate (…) prioritizing the path of self-determination referendum». This is how the ERC and CUP agreement collects this ‘ultimatum’ which, according to both formations, could lead to another 1-O if the ‘Table’ with the Government fails.

“Accumulation of forces”

Republicans and anti-capitalists consider that until 2023 the Catalan legislature should advance in a phase of «Accumulation» of social and political capital that legitimizes the independence movement to try another democratic stake. To do this, they propose to “conquer rights” of a social nature -in key fields for the sectors most affected by the economic crisis such as housing or supplies-, even if this implies clashes with the State. With that, ERC-CUP They will try to legitimize the independence process before the most reluctant sectors of the population – ‘widening the base’, according to the jargon of the ‘procés’ – applying ambitious social policies such as a “Social Rescue” plan, the improvement of public health or the promotion of of public energy and banking companies.

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