The Barcelona City Council has approved a “democratic cordon” against Vox after obtaining representation, with two councilors, in the Barcelona City Council in the municipal elections of 28M. The proposal has been presented by Barcelona en Comú, the electoral brand led by former mayor Ada Colau, and has been approved by the Presidency, Security and Internal Regime Commission of the Barcelona City Council.
The initiative has been approved by votes in favor of Barcelona en Comú, ERC, Junts and the PSC. The current mayor of Barcelona is the socialist Jaume Collboni. PP and Vox have voted against. Specifically, the proposal calls for establishing a “democratic cordon against extreme right-wing formations” and urges the formations to “reach a consensus that, beyond political colors, gives priority to democratic values, as was done in the Parliament» of Catalonia.
The text has been presented by Jess González, councilor of the Colau formation, and calls for the creation of a working group to draft “a pact for a city council committed to democracy, rights and diversity in the face of the threat posed by the entry of the extreme right in the institutions.
The groups that have supported this initiative want this pact to be presented at the October plenary session in order to “show the commitment to a fully democratic city and country” and to support “the associative and neighborhood fabric, including in the monitoring spaces of this pact to civil society.
Vox has described this proposal as “rubbish.” «Golden speech is this crappy proposal they have made. It is a shame that a democratic institution advocates creating an anti-democratic cordon, against us and anyone,” said the councilor and leader of Santiago Abascal’s party in the Barcelona City Council, Gonzalo de Oro. “They only intend to single us out and put us in the spotlight. target for a hyperventilated person to come later and attack us,” he added.
The president of the Municipal Group of the PP in the City Council, Daniel Sirera, considers that this initiative is “deeply offensive for the people of Barcelona who decided to vote for Vox.” He has also accused the commoners of “installing sanitary cordons.”
“It will not be enough”
The deputy mayor of the Barcelona City Council, the socialist Maria Eugènia Gay, has limited herself to defending “the impulse” of this pact to “defend human rights.”
“The emergence of the extreme right and its speech in the City Council deserves deep reflection,” said Junts councilor Victòria Alsina.
For her part, Elisenda Alamany has maintained that she “agrees with the working groups”, but that “it will not be enough.” “And coherence must always be endured: when it goes against us and when it allows us to reach the Mayor’s Office as well,” he added in reference to the leader of BCN pel Canvi in the previous mandate, the former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. .
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