Aragonès, on the sedition: "More steps will be needed"

The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, celebrated this Friday that the crime of sedition "disappears, is eliminated" from the Penal Code but has warned that more steps will be needed to advance in the dejudicialization of the Catalan conflict.

He said it in an appearance in the Gòtica Gallery of the Palau de la Generalitat, after the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced on Thursday that this Friday PSOE and United We Can present a legislative initiative in Congress to eliminate the crime of sedition of the Penal Code and include other types of “aggravated public disorder”.

Aragonès has assured that the elimination of sedition is the result of an agreement between the Generalitat and the Government, and has defended that it helps those convicted of 1-O, since, if the Supreme Court considered that the events of 2017 were not public disorder but sedition, now "he will not change his mind."

Feijóo: «Sánchez is irresponsible»

The leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, today denounced the "irresponsibility" and "naivety" of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, for his decision to repeal the crime of sedition "by the hand of the convicted" and has warned that the independence movement "never, ever settles."

“I am sorry to be right that Sánchez always puts his political interest above that of Spain,” Feijóo lamented on social networks, in which he has been convinced that “there is a social majority that does not accept more lies from this Government or more blackmail from the independence movement.

For the president of the popular ones, "it is a historical irresponsibility to correct the work of the Supreme Court by the hand of the condemned and a great naivete because the independence movement never, ever conforms."

For which he assures that the Spaniards have his word that "together we will return to Spain the democratic quality that it deserves."

Feijóo has thus responded to Sánchez's announcement that this Friday the PSOE and United We Can present a bill in Congress to replace the crime of sedition with another crime of "aggravated public disorder" and with lower penalties.

Puigdemont: "Nothing would be dejudicialized"

The former president of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont has lamented that with the reform of the crime of sedition announced this Thursday night by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, "nothing would be dejudicialized" because it also contemplates prison sentences.

“If you are sentenced to prison for organizing and calling an independence referendum, what difference does it make if it is 15 years in prison or five: they are criminalizing a right,” he argued in a Twitter note collected by Europa Press this Friday.

Likewise, he has opined that the lower prison sentences constitute an "individual gain" but do not imply an improvement in the political field.

In addition, Puigdemont has accused Sánchez of being --literally-- a master in the art of deception, for which he has advocated reading the fine print of the reform very well: «The 'Sánchez announcements' are never what they seem », has warned.

"If October 2017 ceases to be a case of sedition and becomes a case of aggravated public disorder, I don't know where the political gain from it all is," he concluded.

Rejection of the CUP

The deputy of the CUP Carles Riera has rejected the reform and possible suppression of the crime of sedition from the Penal Code, and has criticized ERC for "selling the juggling games" of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, as political victories.

As indicated by Riera in statements to La 2 and Ràdio 4, the CUP is going to reject the repeal of the crime of sedition and the creation of a new crime of aggravated public disorder.

This same CUP deputy, who is also the third secretary of the Parliamentary Table, has warned that the PSOE "is a shell game, and ERC has specialized in selling Pedro Sánchez's juggling games as political victories."

He considers, in this sense, that the path of the PSOE and the ERC goes through "searching for a new fit for Catalonia in the State and for institutional stability."

In this context, Carles Riera has opined that "either ERC is very naive or it is something worse and consciously collaborates with this policy", which "puts difficulties on the road to independence".

He asked himself what benefits the Catalan pro-independence "prisoners and exiles" can obtain from this change in the Penal Code, and insisted that "we are facing a new juggling game by the PSOE to satisfy the ERC with crumbs and so that it can approve the Budgets of the Condition".

In terms of Catalan politics, Riera has pointed out that if the CUP did not want to participate in the meeting on the Budgets of the Generalitat to which the Government had summoned it, it is because it sees that the latter "has departed from the initial objectives of the legislature".

Also because, in his opinion, ERC "is applying the reunion agenda" and "the social agenda that is that of the Spanish Government and employers."

Riera has stated that "there are two paths, one is the one that leads to the stabilization of the State and takes us away from independence, and the other is the break with the State, and the ERC has chosen the PSOE" with the desire to "consolidate in Catalonia as a central party».

For this reason, this same deputy added, "if there is not a 180 degree turn" the CUP will carry out "a challenge to the legislature and is closer to the amendment to the entirety" of the Budgets.

Lower the maximum sentence

The bill proposed by the socialist group and United We Can, presented this Friday in Congress, lowers the maximum prison sentence for the crime of sedition from 15 to five years, which disappears and is renamed "aggravated public disorder", with a maximum of eight years. of disqualification.

The PSOE spokesman in Congress, Patxi López, announced at a press conference before registering this proposal that the reform seeks to modify the concept of a crime of sedition that was 200 years old and that most European countries have been adapting to the actual society.

According to the proposal to reform the Penal Code, the penalty will be from three to five years and disqualification from holding public employment or office for the same time when the crime is committed by a crowd "whose number, organization and purpose will be suitable to seriously affect the public order"; if the authors are authorities, the penalty of disqualification will be from six to eight years.

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