The ‘cultural war’ in Zaragoza intensifies: the plenary session of the City Council will approve this Thursday a motion of PP and Cs with the support of Vox that, based on the argument that “it is a law that seeks confrontation and the rupture of the reconciliation pact (sic) among Spaniards”, asks the Government to withdraw the Memory Law project which is currently being processed by the Courts and demands that it promote another one on Memory, Dignity and Reparation for all Victims of Terrorism.
The initiative of conservatives and oranges has —along with a clear purpose of media instrumentalization— a content between contesting and contradictorysince it means using the plenary session of Zaragoza to attack a norm that formally does not yet exist (it is in the Senate) after its initial approval in Congress) and to, at the same time, demand the approval of another that was already raised by Ciudadanos two years ago and whose consideration obtained the lower house rejection.
Two years ago, PP and Cs also presented a similar regulation that was rejected by the lower house
The motion is part of the offensive of various formations from the center-right to the extreme right against the project, after the inclusion of an amendment agreed by the Government with EH Bildu and with Más País and which entails the creation of a technical commission to study human rights violations committed by the remnants of the Franco apparatus between 1978 and 1983.
Despite the fact that the start-up of this body only would affect the eventual clarification of some post-Franco crimesa measure long demanded by memorialism, the mere fact of having the support of the Basque formation meant the automatic start-up of the ‘everything is ETA’ fan, which this Thursday will once again rotate with force in the Zaragoza plenary session.
Different political balances in the institutions
The PP and CS motion, in fact, includes a ‘cut and paste’ of at least two paragraphs of the explanatory statement of that proposal of the oranges, which only managed to add to the support of the formations that are going to support it in Zaragoza those of the PRC and Navarra Suma.
However, the political balances are different in the City Council of the Aragonese capital, governed by a coalition of PP and Cs under the vox oversighton the vote of whose two councilors depend the decisions of the Government team, something that this Thursday will allow the latter to carry it forward, although the three groups on the left —PSOE, ZeC (Zaragoza in Common) and Podemos—will vote against of the resolution.
Santisteve: “It is tremendously unfair that deaths from terrorism are compared with those from Francoism”
“Nearly 30,000 people were shot between 1939 and 1945 [en España]which says very little about the forgiveness and sensitivity practiced by the Franco dictatorship”, pointed out ZeC councilor Pedro Santisteve, who considers “tremendously unfair that dead confront each other of terrorism with the dead of Francoism”.
“Mr. Azcón brings out here again the most reactionary of the right, which never expressly condemned the Franco regime, and you are very wrong to use it in a ‘culture war’ when it is democratic health to assume that all those killed as a result of violence are the same,” he added.
“They do not consider victims of Francoism”
“The argument is as trivial as it distorts reality. Once again it is hide behind the wild card of ETA to leave the victims of Francoism unprotected“, they point out from the Aragón Memorialist Action Platform (PAMA), since “at no time, as the interested parties themselves have recognized, will the rights of the victims of terrorism be affected by the approval of this law. However, and as always since the Transition, the victims of the war and the Francoist barbarism are non-existent for them”.
“We are in a cultural war, and everything fits there. They are with the wild card of ETA, but The Memory Law does not affect the victims of terrorism at all“, explains Enrique Gómez, from ARMHA (Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory in Aragon), who links the initiative with “the strategic movements of the PP for the next electoral cycle”.
For Gómez, the approach of conservatives and oranges reveals “the problem that the victims of Francoism are not considered victims and to maintain that in 1975 a clean slate was made. But the pain is not closed by decree “.” It’s a shame, because this law touches absolutely nothing of the rights of the victims of ETA “, he adds.
The text of the motion and the demands of Vox
The motion, which dedicates almost three of its four pages to the victims of terrorism and to ring the frustrated proposal of the Citizens’ law, he dispatches the references to the new Memory Law in two paragraphs in which, in reality, there are no allusions to its content, but to its parliamentary genesis.
“We find that in the face of a lack or legal vacuum in the reparation of the pain of the victims of terrorist barbarism, the current Government has agreed with Bildu, to carry out a Law of Democratic Memory”, he points out in the first, to add in the second that that rule “does not have the consensus and support of all political forces”something that actually occurs with the vast majority of those processed in the Cortes.
The motion indicates that the Memory Law does not have “the consensus and support of all political forces”
“Taking the spirit of transition as an example,” he suggests, “it should be agreed [por] all political forces to avoid confrontation and political use and avoid a Spain of factions”, a recommendation that, on the other hand, does not quite marry with the approach itself of the motion of PP and Cs.
The proposal, on the other hand, opens a debate on the extreme right of the partisan arc, since Vox plans to demand greater belligerence from the conservatives with memorialism. The speech of the councilors of the extreme right will focus, according to sources from that party, on “criticizing Rajoy’s breaches”, on remembering “that the Democratic Memory Law has not been repealed in Andalusia” and on making the PP ugly abstained when in 2019 the Cortes de Aragón debated the repeal of the autonomous norm, a debate that ended increasing support to the same.