Junts per Catalunya has had to distance itself from the scenes experienced this Wednesday on La Rambla, when a group of a few dozen independentists boycotted the tribute to the victims of the jihadist attacks five years ago with shouts and insults. The party has rejected this protest, which vindicates the conspiracy thesis that the State was behind the terrorist attacks, despite the fact that its president, Laura Borràs, has supported it with her presence.
After the concentrates interrupted the acts, and after some of them confronted and insulted relatives of the victims, the former president of the Parlament, expelled from the Chamber for alleged corruption when she was in charge of the Institución de les Lletres Catalanes, has approached them to chat amicably, while the group applauded and cheered her. Other Junts deputies, such as Francesc de Dalmases, supported Borràs, also on social networks.
— Francesc de Dalmases i Thió @JuntsXCat (@francescd) August 17, 2022
The events have caused the rejection of the entire Catalan parliamentary arch. Starting with Junts, Borràs’s party, which has launched a message in which “it reiterates its support for the victims of the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks and their families”. “For this reason”, adds the text, “we want to express our strongest rejection of the interruption of the minute of silence today on La Rambla”. The former president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, has been one of those who have spread the message on Twitter.
📢 @JuntsXCat reiterates its support for the victims of the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils and their families.
For this reason, we will express the most energetic return to the interruption of the minute of silence d’avui to the Rambla in Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/31N607Lr0K
– Together for Catalonia🎗 (@JuntsXCat) August 17, 2022
Junts partners in the Generalitat, Esquerra Republicana, have also protested the situation. The most forceful among the Republicans has been its leader in Congress, Gabriel Rufián. “With the same forcefulness that we have used for 5 years to demand an investigation commission, it should be said that not respecting a minute of silence in memory of the victims of an attack is miserable. And to take political advantage of it, despicable. Not in my name “, He has written.
With the same forcefulness that we have used for 5 years to demand an investigation commission, it should be said that:
Not respecting a minute of silence in memory of the victims of an attack is miserable.
And get political profit from it, despicable.
Not in my name.
– Gabriel Rufián (@gabrielrufian) August 17, 2022
The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, also present at the events on La Rambla, has asked not to “feed conspiracy theories, which do more harm to the victims.” Colau recalled that the Mossos say that these theories “have no basis”.
Shortly after, the leader of JxCat, Laura Borrashas endorsed another protest from a platform that supports the conspiracy thesis for an alleged involvement of the State in the jihadist attacks in Catalonia in 2017, a concentration attended by nearly 300 people in front of the headquarters of the European Commission in Barcelona.
The concentration has been convened by the ‘Platform 17-A, we demand responsibilities’, which was constituted after the former Commissioner Villarejo insinuated that behind the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils (Tarragona) was the CNI and that, for the first time, he has starred in an event to mark the anniversary of the jihadist attacks five years ago.
in the protest “responsibilities” have been demanded from the State and that those “truly responsible pay for their actions.”
Under the slogan “Spanish State and CNI, responsible”, “Generalitat, inoperative!” and “Enough of impunity!”, the concentrations have carried banners that read slogans such as “17-A, crime of State” or “The sewers of the State kill”, while they have uttered shouts such as “We want the truth”.
Ahir to the TN of @tv3cat they will say that the president @LauraBorras I would not encourage the act of avui in homage to the victims of the attacks of 17A, but as always, the president fails.
And yes, as the protesters have said: VOLEM SABER LA VERITAT!! pic.twitter.com/Gtxpn2nN6N
– Rai López Calvet (@RaiLopezCalvet) August 17, 2022
After observing a minute of silence in memory of the victims and naming each of the people who lost their lives that day, the organizers have read a letter that they have sent to the European Union.
The Platform, which qualifies in its letter addressed to the European institutions of “state crimes” the 2017 attacksasks in this way that “the facts be clarified”.
Borràs has subsequently explained on Twitter that on August 17, 2017 “terror was present in Barcelona and Cambrils. One more year, we accompany the victims and all those who claim to know the truth. Meanwhile, there are still those who prevent knowing what happened”, added Borràs.