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The dialogue table strains ERC and Junts before the Diada | Catalonia

The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonés (i), during the Government's working days, last weekend, in Vall d'en Bas (Girona).
The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonés (i), during the Government’s working days, last weekend, in Vall d’en Bas (Girona).David Borrat / EFE

The partners of the Government, Esquerra and Junts, yesterday showed their differences regarding the reading that should be made of the participation in the demonstration on the occasion of the Diada of Catalonia and the dialogue table with the central Government. The proximity of the two appointments on the calendar lends itself to many interpretations and the two parties fight so that an uncertain citizen mobilization ends up supporting their thesis and weakening the other party.

All preparations point this year to a September 11th less massive than the previous ones, discounting that of 2020, marked by the pandemic. The demonstration organized by the Assemblea Nacional Catalana, Òmnium Cultural and the Associació de Municipis per la Independència is far from the massive formats of other years, with sections, pre-registration of hundreds of thousands of people and mass bathrooms in support of the independence path coinciding with the anniversary of the fall of Barcelona in the War of Succession, in 1714.

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Under the motto We will fight and win independence, the entities propose to march from the Urquinaona square (scene of the confrontation between the police and some protesters in the protests after the sentence of the trial to the process) to the door of Parc de la Ciutadella. The organizers also propose a double appointment: September 11 and October 1, the anniversary of the referendum declared illegal by the Constitutional Court.

Despite this marked accent on the claim of 1-O, Esquerra’s spokesperson, Marta Vilalta, yesterday advocated “channeling” the force of the demonstration next Saturday towards the dialogue table with the Government. “We have the opportunity to go back to the streets, the institutions of the country hand in hand with the citizens,” he said.

The reading in Junts is different. Its spokesperson, Elsa Artadi, believes that the message of vindication of the “1-O mandate” is clear. Relating it to the proximity to the national day of Catalonia, the also vice president of the training took the opportunity to describe the presence of Pedro Sánchez at the meeting of the dialogue table as “essential”. “If it is not [Sánchez], apart from disparaging the Generalitat and the table itself, it shows how little interest it has in being there, the little desire to seriously address the problem, “he said at his weekly press conference.

Republican Vilalta, for her part, issued a warning about what the lack of the Prime Minister at the table would imply, although without putting it in terms of condition. For Esquerra, although the negotiation of the political conflict and governance in Spain are different tracks, the absence of Sánchez makes it “much more difficult” to be able to work to find possible agreements, for example, in the General State Budgets, where the votes of ERC are key.

ERC and Junts also revealed their mutual mistrust yesterday, after a weekend of coexistence of the members of the Government to “smooth things over.” For example, on who should be the members of the Catalan delegation (not yet closed) or the lack of a clear agenda. The ex-president Carles Puigdemont, president of Junts and leader of the so-called Consell for the Republic, continued yesterday with his direct attacks on dialogue. In a letter to the members of that entity that aspires to coordinate the independence roadmap from abroad, the MEP asked not to shy away from the confrontation with the State: “It is an inevitable reality that we have to go through if we want Catalonia to be recognized as a sovereign and independent nation, ”he said.


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