The summer break had to pass before the socialist old guard spoke out to criticize the intentions of the acting President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, to negotiate a possible amnesty with Junts in exchange for support for his future investiture. It was the former president of the Government, Felipe González, who has openly expressed himself against this negotiation and granting amnesty to the independentists because it would mean "condemning the democratic regime as guilty of what happened" in 2017.
The old socialist guard had remained silent to date since the 23-J elections, elections in which Pedro Sánchez obtained better results than expected thanks to the 19 seats that the PSC gave him in Catalonia, which represents an endorsement from the Catalans for the policies of the socialist president to solve the Catalan crisis. Even so, the reactions have come with the start of the political course and the meeting this Monday of Vice President Yolanda Díaz with former President Carles Puigdemont in Brussels.
González, in an interview on Onda Cero, has expressed his firm opposition to this negotiation, he has even gone further assuring that his political position is increasingly distant from that of the PSOE that Sánchez represents, to the point of acknowledging that on 23- J found it more difficult than ever to vote for his party, although he ended up doing it.
In fact, González is also critical of the granting of pardons to those convicted by the process, because he considers that they should have previously clarified that they would not commit crimes again.
In this way, he does not deny his concession, but he believes that for it to be granted there must be some conditions, such as that the pardoned person will not repeat his behavior again.
He is also critical of the meeting between Yolanda Díaz and Puigdemont this Monday in Brussels. In his opinion, the vice president attended the meeting to speak with the former president as a facilitator, but like Feijóo, he points out that if the meeting was not known to Sánchez, it should have consequences for the vice president: "If she goes on her own, to pay it," he says. "In what condition is Mrs. Díaz going to see Mr. Puigdemont? If she is not going to be vice president, let her stop being one," González concludes.
In any case, he considers that "it is more logical for Díaz, with what he represents, to meet with Puigdemont than with Feijóo", in reference to the refusal of the Sumar leader to meet with the PP leader to explore a possible investiture.
The former president says he is aware that his opinion is not liked in his party, but he does not seem to care. "They have told me to shut up several times and those who do so do not believe in freedom," he says.