Monday, September 27

ERC and the CUP reach an agreement that includes withdrawing the ‘foam’ from the Mossos and another secessionist referendum




The negotiating teams of ERC and the CUP closed, late in the afternoon, a legislative agreement for the investiture of Pere Aragonès (ERC). As reported by the formation led by Oriol Junqueras, from the Lledoners prison (Barcelona), the two parties agreed, among other measures, that the Mossos d’Esquadra stop using ‘foam’ in their actions – the substitute that the Mossos use instead of the rubber balls, which are banned – and the preparation in this same autonomous legislature of a new independence referendum, for another attack against Spain. The agreement must go through the approval of the ERC leadership and be validated by the CUP bases this week.

While waiting for an agreement between ERC (33 regional deputies out of 135) and Junts (32), everything indicates that Aragonès has already closed an agreement with the CUP (9) for his investiture, whose first deadline ends on Friday, before that the clock of an electoral repetition begins to count (two months). At the moment it would be “a preliminary agreement”, according to ERC and the CUP, to which the negotiating commissions of both parties would have arrived in the last hours, thus transferring the pressure to Junts, training that in recent days slipped the security of reaching an agreement with ERC but without rushing to do so.

“A new attack”

The most relevant aspect of the “pre-agreement” is that they will introduce “changes in the management of public order.” They will focus on “a change in police actions in public order so that, while the protocols (of action by the Mossos, whose revision has been announced) are not published, the use of ‘foam’ projectiles by the police forces in Catalonia, “ERC said in its statement. In the last marches in favor of rapper Hasel, one protester lost an eye and it could have been due to a foam bullet. In addition, ERC and the CUP agreed to create a study commission in the Parliament on “the public order model in Catalonia.”

Negotiations between those from Aragonès and the anti-system formation, which presented Dolors Sabater as head of the list at the February 14 election, would also have concluded with the commitment of both parties to “prepare the necessary conditions throughout the legislature to carry out a new democratic attack, preferably in the form of a referendum ”. The “pre-agreement”, however, would allow ERC to maintain its negotiation commitment with the Government of Spain, in the so-called “Dialogue table” outside the Bilateral Commission and Congress, “to democratically resolve the conflict between Catalonia and the Spanish State.”

ERC and the CUP also set as “priorities” for the legislature “Defend the right to housing” not only responding to “the housing emergency immediately”, but also to “be able to generate a change in the model in the medium term.” Likewise, according to ERC, they will try to “avoid” evictions for people “at risk of vulnerability”, but they do not specify how to do it.

Another topic found in the “pre-agreement” refers to “health policies.” ERC and the CUP set themselves “as an objective” for the regional legislature that must start with the investiture of Aragonès that Primary Care takes 25 percent of the budget of the Ministry of Health, since they consider that Primary Care should be strengthened and placed “at the center of the system.”

Investiture, Friday

The “pre-agreement”, whose main lines were announced this Sunday, must be ratified by the ERC management and the CUP bases this week. To do this, the CUP, as announced yesterday, has convened its Parliamentary Open Assemblies on Wednesday (24) electronically, which will be in charge of debating and, where appropriate, approving what has been agreed between both parties. The result will be announced on Thursday. Members of eleven organizations that in turn make up the CUP participate in these Assemblies. The “pre-agreement” of ERC and the CUP is the result – the anti-system recalled – of the work meetings that they have carried out in the last weeks.

If the agreement is finally ratified, Aragonès brings his investiture to Friday. For it, Laura Borràs (Together), President of the Parliament of Catalonia, she has to convene a plenary session, after carrying out a consultation with the leaders of the parliamentary groups –contact that can be by telephone– and assess whether, firstly, there is a candidate, and secondly, they have support initial with options of being elected president of the Generalitat. While waiting for this call, Aragonès transfers to Junts the pressure to agree, as since 2015, a government pact between the independentistas.

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