The president of the PP, Pablo Casado, assured this Wednesday in Congress that the Spanish Civil War between the side loyal to the Republic and the rebel side headed by the later dictator Francisco Franco was “a confrontation between those who wanted democracy without law and who wanted law without democracy ”. The leader of the PP has thus ignored that the Spanish Civil War, which started in 1936, was a conflict derived from a military uprising against the legitimate Government of the Second Republic. The Minister of Transport and secretary of organization of the PSOE, José Luis Ábalos, has accused him shortly after, through social networks, of legitimizing the dictatorship with his equidistance. In a subsequent speech in the lower house, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has asked Casado to retract his words.
The leader of the PP was giving the reply to the Prime Minister, who has gone to Congress this Wednesday to explain to the parliamentarians the granting of pardons to the nine pro-independence leaders condemned by the process that they were still in prison. “Ladies and gentlemen, speaking of historical memory, the Civil War was the confrontation between those who wanted democracy without law and between those who wanted law without democracy. Our Constitution is the pact by which there can be no democracy without law or law without democracy, exactly the same thing that European countries learned from fascism and communism when they founded the European Union. We Spaniards have already talked, we have already met again, we have already made coexistence and harmony possible, we don’t have to do it again. You just have to keep it. Not much is asked of him, ”Casado assured.
José Luis Ábalos, Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, has responded to Casado saying that the Civil War did not confront those who wanted democracy without law and those who wanted law without democracy. “He faced a legitimate democracy and some coup plotters who established a regime of terror and repression,” wrote Ábalos, who has reproached him for legitimizing “the bloody dictatorship with his equidistance.”
During the Congress session, the deputy of Más País, Iñigo Errejón, considered Casado’s demonstrations “extraordinarily serious”. Errejón stressed that “the coup leaders rose up against the Spanish people, against Spanish democracy and against the law in force in Spain.” “And a democrat would have to be crystal clear,” he reminded the popular leader from the rostrum. The socialist spokesperson, Adriana Lastra has condemned the words of the PP and Sánchez has directly asked Casado to retract. “The only legitimate law is the democratic one,” Sánchez told him.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.