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Severe Iceta

The PSOE must oppose the pardon for respect for justice and its voters

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Severe Iceta

The message launched by Catalan socialist leader Miquel Iceta in midst of election campaign is an all-rule attack on state's efforts to restore normalcy and respect for laws that procés blew up in air. If to "close wounds", as willfully explains Iceta, it is necessary to pardon independenceists now persecuted for justice, message is crisp, and alarming: judges and policemen are miserably wasting ir time trying to enforce a law Which is known in advance that it can be violated with impunity.

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The application and defense of law have had a high cost to Spanish state and Constitutionalist forces. The secessionist challenge and its social and economic consequences, judicial persecution of crimes committed and skilful independentist propaganda have eroded exterior image of Spain. The defense of rule of law, unfriendly at times against this supposed democratic revolution of smiles, has, on contrary, launched a crucial message, own of a democracy: political aspirations of each one must always run under Legality. This is only possible position to restore future coexistence in Catalonia and reinforce Spanish democracy.

Iceta's proposal contains two thick torpedoes against two basic pillars of a democracy. Torpedea principle of separation of powers because it disqualifies or becomes inoperative action of justice and strikes principle of equality before law because it distinguishes crimes "of political origin", deserving of measures of grace. All work initiated by constitutionalism, overthrown in favor of reckless, inopportune electoral tactics and whose electoral profitability is more than debatable.

Iceta weakens Constitutionalist front and situates PSOE in a difficult situation. The Socialist Party should not only endorse with its silence or lukewarmness idea of pardon, but is obliged to reject it forcefully for loyalty to justice, its own constitutionalist commitment and its electorate throughout Spain. It is not time of ambiguity. The procés has had a virtue: it has generated a new political consciousness against traditional complacency of Spanish left towards peripheral nationalism. The PSC returns, however, to walk after serious fracture led by those who now want to see pardoned. What happened in Catalonia demonstrates that so-called "moderate sovereignty" is a entelechy. Playing that card is a gross mistake.

pardons depend on discretion of Government on duty, so its adoption should be an uncommon measure that appreciates personal and circumstantial situations of very extraordinary condemned. It is an interference in separation of powers which, fortunately, Spain applies less and fewer. At moment, important thing is to let Justice Act, which investigates some prosecuted for serious crimes, such as rebellion, sedition and embezzlement of public funds. In political terms, what Catalonia needs are proposals that avoid stumbling back to same stone. Not opposite.

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