The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, announced on Monday morning that the Council of Ministers to be held tomorrow will sign pardons for 9 Catalan independence leaders who were sentenced to up to 13 years in prison for the organization of the referendum on illegal self-determination in 2017.
Sánchez has made the expected announcement at the Liceo de Barcelona before some 300 members of the Catalan civil society and without the presence of any member of the regional government of Catalonia.
The president has indicated that he is aware that there are people opposed to the taking of this measure and that he understands their motivations, but he has defended that his Government also has its reasons and that it is the way to work for coexistence: “I am convinced that this is the majority sentiment of Catalan society“, has said.
Since the intention of Sánchez’s Cabinet to grant pardons was known, the measure has been widely criticized by various sectors. On the one hand, the conservative parties consider it an act that means the surrender of Sánchez to the independentistas with the sole purpose of retain your parliamentary support.
On the other hand, from the independence sphere it is considered a scarce measure, and they defend that instead a amnesty that includes the politicians who left Spain to evade the action of Justice and hundreds of people who have also faced legal proceedings and fines for their participation in the events of October 1, 2017.
According to the different polls published by Spanish media, among the citizens around the 45% would be favorable to the granting of pardons, while approximately 55% would oppose it.