Unionists claim pro-independence camp has ‘violent agenda’
Socialists urge “responsibility” to government, while Ciutadans suggest president promotes non-peaceful actions
Unionist parties have targeted the pro-independence Catalan government after the arrest of nine activists accused of terrorism, rebellion, and possession of explosives. While pro-independence forces deemed the raids as “criminalization of protests” and rejected the move by Spain’s police calling it “repression”, some unionist politicians took for granted that the allegations were confirmed.
“Terrorist acts with explosives”
Shortly after the operation got underway, the People’s Party leader in Spain, Pablo Casado, said that the independence camp has a “violent and divisive agenda” and said they won’t give in facing this alleged threat.
For him, Spain’s police “has probably prevented a terrorist act with explosives.”
“Spain’s democracy and rule of law are much stronger than those who try to defy them,” he added.
The Socialists in Catalonia took a softer stance but demanded “responsibility” of the Catalan government.
For Socialist senior MP Salvador Illa, “it is normal that a moment of bewilderment leads to the radicalization of some groups.”
"What tragedy needs to happen so that Mr Sánchez admits that Mr Torra is a public danger?"
Lorena Roldán · Ciutadans leader in Catalonia
For this reason, he encouraged politicians to “contribute to defusing tensions and not promoting them.”
He also referred to comments by Catalan president Quim Torra pushing the public to protest. “You are right to push us,” Torra said in October 2018.
“It is not the moment to encourage people to push,” said Socialists’ Illa.
“Push the explosives’ detonator”
The leader of the unionist Ciutadans party, Lorena Roldán, also referred to Torra’s remarks last year: “Now we know what Torra’s ‘push’ comments stood for… What did he mean? Push the explosives’ detonator?”
For her, President Torra has been acting with a “tremendous irresponsibility” – and she also targeted Spain’s acting president, Socialist Pedro Sánchez.
“What tragedy needs to happen so that Mr Sánchez admits that Mr Torra is a public danger?”