Thursday, October 28

Pedro Sánchez, inauguration in the zero zone of the coronavirus and in full campaign of the Catalans




The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has moved this Monday to the province of Alicante, one of the zero zones of the spread of coronavirus in Spain. The Chief Executive has presided over the “commissioning” of the new Monforte del Cid-Elche-Orihuela-Murcia Region high-speed section.

La Moncloa has avoided mentioning the term «inauguration» and has opted for that of “Public presentation” to qualify an act that overlaps with the serious situation of the pandemic of the Covid-19 in cities like Elche, where the journey has ended and speeches have been given, with an incidence higher than the 2,100 infected per 100,000 inhabitants.

The “Commissioning” The connection of the AVE between Orihuela and Elche (two localities confined on weekends by order of the Generalitat Valenciana) has taken place in the middle of the campaign for the Catalan elections on February 14.

In this regard, the president of the PPCV, Isabel Bonig, has reproached Pedro Sánchez for having traveled to Alicante this Monday with his “Presidential caravan” to inaugurate the Madrid-Orihuela AVE section, in the middle of the third wave of Covid-19 and in the Community with the worst situation of the pandemic. “I don’t think the country is there for these inaugurations,” he defended, and demanded that he pay “everything he owes to the Valencians.”

Image of Sánchez, Puig and Ábalos taken this Monday
Image of Sánchez, Puig and Ábalos taken this Monday – POOL

The act that ended in Elche, which has been attended by fifty people with the media selected by La Moncloa, coincides with the restrictions decreed by the Generalitat Valenciana to limit social contacts to more than two people, but has benefited from the exception that the “Institutional acts”.

The Government has haggled over any legal obstacles by circumventing the term of “opening” to what has been a full-fledged inauguration, with the discovery of commemorative plaques and parliaments of the own Pedro Sanchez, of the President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, and the Minister of Transport, José Luis Ábalos.

The Executive, in fact, has stressed that the amount of the works of Adif High Speed ​​in this new section amounts to 1,493.5 million euros and «highlights the commitment of the Government of Spain to the Mediterranean Corridor », a key infrastructure in Catalan political discourse.

[El puerto de Valencia amplía la brecha de tráfico con el de Barcelona pese a las trabas de los independentistas]

In fact, in his speech, the President of the Government has winked at Catalonia and the idea of ​​asymmetric Spain and has defended “breaking the preponderance” of the radial railway scheme, before which Mediterranean corridor it is an “unbeatable opportunity” to “promote the transport of goods from ports to logistics centers” such as the ports of Valencia and Barcelona.

In his speech, Sánchez has argued that the coronavirus pandemic “He has not stopped urgent projects”, but rather the will of his government and the Generalitat is “to accelerate those projects.”

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