Sánchez announces separatist pardons in Barcelona

Notes: Separatist protestor with flag wrecked PM's big moment, just as he announced the word "pardon". Could they be released as soon as tomorrow?
By Matthew Bennett
Jun 21, 2021, 10:30 am

1. Let's follow along with what happens today with Sánchez's visit to the Liceo in Barcelona to announce the separatist pardons. Catalan government is not going and the first demonstrators are already outside the front door, which the police are guarding. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 10:30 am | On Twitter

2. “Everyone to the Liceo!”, says the ANC banner. Supposed to start at 10:30 a.m., an hour and a half before Sanchez's event. Will lots of people turn up? Could they even prevent the Prime Minister from getting inside? Or will it just be a few people?

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 10:35 am | On Twitter

3. Omnium has so far just put up a small banner in front of the Líceo: “amnesty and self-determination”, it reads. “Today we will make it very clear to Pedro Sánchez", the organisation says in a tweet, “pardons don't solve anything”.

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 10:41 am | On Twitter

4. The Liceo metro stop in Barcelona has been closed since 09:00 a.m., reports an El País journalist in this short video. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 10:47 am | On Twitter

5. In this other video, we can see how the Catalan police are guarding the Liceo this morning, before Sanchez's visit. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 10:49 am | On Twitter

6. Catalan riot police have already deployed in front of the Liceo, and barriers in the surrounding streets have been put up to prevent people from getting close to Sánchez. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 10:54 am | On Twitter

7. The crowd outside the Liceo is getting bigger. Catalan riot police watching. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 10:56 am | On Twitter

8. Looking at the different images, there seem to be several hundred separatist protesters outside the Liceo and on the Rambla already. Still an hour to go before Sanchez arrives. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 11:01 am | On Twitter

9. Report from @btvnoticies: Catalan riot police now stopping more people approaching the Liceo theatre where Sánchez is expected to announce the separtist pardons. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 11:03 am | On Twitter

10. The latest separatist leader invited who has announced to the world that he is not going to Sánchez's event at the Liceo is Quim Torra, yesterday, because “I never attend the paternalistic colonial propaganda events of his Spanish government”.

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 11:19 am | On Twitter

11. Catalan police have moved riot vans in to place as extra barriers between the protesters and the door of the Líceo. Sánchez due to arrive in about half an hour. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 11:27 am | On Twitter

12. Someone has managed to set off a cannister of red smoke outisde the door of the Liceo. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 11:30 am | On Twitter

13. Catalan Police must not be very sure of what is about to happen with Sánchez at the Liceo. After the red smoke cannister is set off, they bring in more riot vans to create a bigger physical barrier between protesters and the door. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 11:47 am | On Twitter

14. While outside they are listening to a recording of a Lluis Llach song, the live feeds from inside the Liceo have started broadcasting. Everyone's waiting for Sanchez. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 11:58 am | On Twitter

15. From the perspective of the safety of the Prime Minister and his security officers, this does not seem to be an ideal situation for arrival at the Liceo. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 12:07 pm | On Twitter

16. Here is the moment of Sánchez triumphant arrival at the Liceo in Barcelona, amid smoke cannisters, Catalan police riot vans and nervous security officers. “Son of a bitch! Bastard!”, the crowd yells at him. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 12:11 pm | On Twitter

17. Sánchez speaks inside the Liceo. He has also been booed from the crowd inside.

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 12:13 pm | On Twitter

18. They've ruined Sanchez's big announcement in Barcelona. As soon as the PM announced the Spanish government will approve the separatist pardons tomorrow, “in the constitutional spirit of harmony”, people inside Liceo started protesting loudly. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 12:25 pm | On Twitter

19. “We can't start from scratch”, Sanchez said, concluding, “but we can start anew. There is a path. Tomorrow we can change the lives of nine people and I hope we can begin to change the history of all men and all women. Catalonia, Catalan men and Catalan women, we love you”.

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 12:45 pm | On Twitter

20. Separatist youth organisation Arran claims the interruption of Sánchez as soon as the Prime Minister announced that tomorrow there will be pardons. “Long live the land! Independence is the only solution!”, he shouted as he pulled out a separtist flag. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 12:49 pm | On Twitter

21. Reactions start coming in: “Pedro Sánchez confirms his betrayal of Spain by pardoning criminals”, says PP in Andalusia, “the PSOE is on the side of the convicted coup leaders”.

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 1:01 pm | On Twitter

22. Juan Marín (Ciudadanos, Deputy First Minister of Andalusia): “It is a sad day for democracy. Sánchez's plan not to lose power comes to fruition. We Spaniards are in the hands of a Prime Minister who shows contempt for justice”.

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 1:03 pm | On Twitter

23. Sayas (Navarra, UPN, Congress): “Spain does not deserve a President that humiliates her”.

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 1:06 pm | On Twitter

24. Errejón (Más País, Congress): “The government is being brave and thinking about bringing people back together. For us this is not the final step but the one that allows us to start down the path”.

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 1:07 pm | On Twitter

25. Catalan separatists have "shagged your wife and slapped you in the face", says Almeida (PP, Mayor of Madrid) after Sánchez speaks. “As well as the pardons, putting up with them not accepting the pardons, boasting and saying they will do it again”. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 1:17 pm | On Twitter

26. Abascal (Vox) recalls “the indissoluble unity of the Spanish Nation, the common and indivisible homeland of all Spaniards”. “Weakening this unity by pardoning the coup leaders tramples on the Constitution and, more seriously, betrays Spain. #TRAITOR”.

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 2:03 pm | On Twitter

27. El Confidential, citing the usual anonymous sources, says that the release of the separatist prisoners could be a matter of hours tomorrow and could even happen before the publication of the pardons in the official gazette. Link

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 7:17 pm | On Twitter

28. Offiically, the Supreme Court says it knows nothing about that and that in theory the pardons first have to appear in the gazette and then the judges have to draw up the new sentencing orders, which are then sent to the prison, etc.

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 7:19 pm | On Twitter

29. Puigdemont: “The spirit of the Liceo has been born” to “challenge the spirit of October 1 2017 and encourage those who seek to neutralise the independence movement [...] Pedro Sánchez's arrogant speech does not fool anyone: it announces a renewal of the 1978 regime”.

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 7:43 pm | On Twitter

30. Vox suggests it will undertake some kind of action but followers and the Nation must wait on tenterhooks as “drums” beat and “battle” is prepared. First, the official gazzette. If, as El Confidential suggested earlier, they are released before then, what will Abascal do?

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 10:01 pm | On Twitter

31. Sánchez makes the front page of the FT. "Spanish pardon: Sánchez plans to free Catalan separatists despite objections".

Published: Jun 21, 2021, 10:45 pm | On Twitter

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