It was Oriol Junqueras who opened Pandora’s box this Sunday at an event in Girona: the ERC president lashed out harshly and accused Junts of “going back, hiding and being ashamed” of the independence movement. A direct torpedo to the post-convergent waterline with a few days left before the elections. At stake is the hegemony of space and the eternal struggle between the Republicans and Junts, a dispute that is accentuated far from Barcelona and with the “procés” in low hours.
In fact, the purely pro-independence debate has been one of the great absentees until this final stretch of the campaign. The “procés” continues to die in the polls and on the street, a reality that has been felt especially in the Catalan capital and the metropolitan area. Neither Xavier Trias nor Ernest Maragall have used it in Barcelona and have only focused on issues such as security, mobility or even possible post-electoral alliances in their acts.
What’s more, the independence debate has only resurfaced now and in domestic strongholds such as Girona or Lleida, and it has done so as a thrown weapon between ERC and Junts. Proof of this are the aforementioned words of Junqueras, who delved into his criticism of the post-convergents under the following argument: «Those who have called themselves independentistas in recent years out of convenience, because they believed that it was convenient for them to stay in power, now they go back, they hide and they are ashamed». “Now that they sense that to stay in power they have to hide independence, they do not hesitate to hide it and say that convergence has returned,” he settled on Trias and the most moderate sector of Junts. Knowing that there is not much more to scratch in the battle against the PSC, ERC is also focused on its fight with Junts for the same handful of pro-independence votes.
And the post-convergents, stuck in Barcelona after the return of Xavier Trias, try to juggle between their two souls and concentrate their efforts on criticizing ERC, now incorporating the bullet of the “procés”. “The vote for Junts is the guarantee of not throwing 1-O in the trash,” replied the general secretary, Jordi Turull, also from Girona. “These municipal elections should serve to send a message” to all the deluded gravediggers of the procés” and to those who are part “of a State operation to stop the independence movement,” Turull abounded in reference to ERC.
It should be remembered that in the early stages of the campaign, the post-convergents dedicated themselves to raising this 28-M practically as a plebiscite against Aragonès and a Government that “has institutionalized incompetence”, according to their words. A strategy to which they have now added the letter of 1-O and Puigdemont. In this sense, the candidate in Girona Gemma Geis has been warning for days about a possible pact between the PSC, the Guanyem platform and the ERC to remove Junts from the Girona City Council after 28-M, a maneuver that Turull himself seconded with criticism towards the Republicans. “There are those who are salivating to win in the city of President Puigdemont”, but not “to serve the people”, she warned about a struggle that has not stopped growing in recent hours.