Thursday, January 21

“The assault weapons and the sound of helicopters impress”

Carmen Montón greets Miquel Iceta after the investiture of Ximo Puig in 2019.

Carmen Montón greets Miquel Iceta after the investiture of Ximo Puig in 2019.

Carmen Montón was named Ambassador of Spain to the Organization of American States (OAS) on the eve of the state of alarm. The pandemic has marked his stay in office and now, from his position in Washington, he has witnessed some historic events: the assault on the United States Capitol, an emblem of democracy in the world.

The former minister talks with Levante-EMV, a newspaper belonging to the same publishing group as this medium, when it is just after seven in the morning in the American capital. The city stretches after a night curfew that “impresses”, with the sound of helicopters flying over the streets and images of security forces with assault weapons patrolling. If one takes into account that the offices of the Spanish delegation are close to the residence of Vice President Pence, which was shielded on Wednesday night to the bone, it is better understood.

“The truth is that it was a shock. Disrepute and Distrust damage has been dealt to the institutions, politics and democracy that have been overcome by luck, but that does not end with the end of the session that confirmed the triumph of Joe Biden. “It is the first reflection of Carmen Montón after a day of which are remembered.

Socialist politics expresses its concern when contemplating a city with bricked up shops, something that is not new, it was seen a few months ago, with the Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

Did you see it coming? It’s hard to be a fortune teller, he replies, but Donald Trump’s supporters were concentrated in the center of the capital since Tuesday. Montón values ​​the “quick” reaction of the mayor of Washington when decreeing measures in a city where several jurisdictions operate. “The National Guard depends on the federal state and until it has left the revolt has not stopped,” he says.

The former Valencian councilwoman also maintains the feeling, shared with other witnesses and analysts, that “the violent ones entered with too much freedom and impunity“.

Montón underlines the seriousness of some events that have killed four people. “It was not a riot. It was something serious.” A coup? Politics acts as a diplomat and responds: “I do not know if a hit. That already depends on the interpretation that each one makes. “” I think we have to stick with what Biden has said: the United States is much better than what has been seen.

The Spanish embassy office is twenty minutes from the capitol. “Everything is relatively near and far in this city“Montón, former Minister of Health, has followed the events from there with the concern with which he sees the coronavirus spread in a country where health measures against the disease have not been generalized.

The representative of the Spanish Government joins the two events to try to understand the historical moment. “We are in a time of pandemic, which has taught us that nothing has a local impact, everything is global, this, too. Conclusions can be drawn about populisms, denials and ultras. “And those lessons, sentence, should serve the rest of the countries, including Spain,” so that it does not happen to us.

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