Illa reproaches Aragonés for his delay in supporting the Mossos.
The PSC candidate for the Presidency of the Generalitat, Salvador Illa, has censured this Monday that the Government of Catalonia has taken six days to condemn the violence in the demonstrations registered after the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasél in different parts of the Catalan geography.
In statements to Cadena Ser, Illa has welcomed the message sent by the acting vice president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, to support the Mossos d’Esquadra and call for calm.
“The looting of a business, the burning of public furniture or the confrontation with public workers are neither freedom of expression nor of demonstration,” he said, although he has asked not to criminalize the protesters, since he assures that his Government is committed with these rights.
A few words that the socialist candidate for the Generalitat celebrates that they have occurred although he regrets that they have taken six days to arrive. “The statements I have heard are correct, but they arrive late, those statements should have been produced on the first day. There has been a sense of absence in Catalonia with respect to the Government of the Generalitat,” he indicated.
In this line, he said to celebrate that “there is a clear and seamless support for the work of the Mossos d’Esquadra and the Security Forces and Corps” after these “very delicate moments” that have been experienced in recent days and in which very serious “vandalism” and “attacks on public and private property” have been seen.
Don’t question the security model
However, he pointed out that it is “very surprising” that it took so long to condemn the violence and that the “overwhelming support” for the Mossos has taken so long to arrive. “In my opinion, it had to be produced from minute zero and not questioning the security model and more of those who have been directing it from the Interior, forming part of a government that had that responsibility,” he explained.
Regarding the condemnation of the altercations and the support for the rallies to demand freedom of expression by members of parties like Podemos, the former Minister of Health has stressed that violence must always be answered with a “resounding and unmitigated” condemnation. .
“I feel very recognized with the declarations of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez” condemning the riots, said Illa, who reiterated that “democracy is not compatible with violence.” “You can improve crimes of opinion, but you have to go against violence,” he has settled.