The Catalan electoral campaign has come to an end this Friday in a similar way to how it began: without mass toilets and with small-format events broadcast over the internet. The race towards 14F has been cold due to the limitations imposed by the pandemic, although in the final stretch the candidates have heated up the debates showing the tension between them. Specifically, the three leading parties according to the polls, PSC, ERC and Junts, have tried to rush the last hours of the campaign to the maximum to call their own to the polls. “Voting is safe, what is unsafe is not voting,” said the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, who once again accompanied his former Health Minister in his last act.
Participation is precisely the factor that most worries formations that concentrate their electorate in the metropolitan area, such as the PSC itself, Ciudadanos or the ‘comuns’, but also ERC, which in recent times has based its good results on the electorate urban independentista. A strong demobilization in the cities would be lethal for his chances of reaching the presidency, so the Republicans have maximized the presence of Oriol Junqueras, a leader with much pull among his own. On the other hand, for Junts the scenario of low participation that is expected is not a problem. Carles Puigdemont’s line-up comes to the end of the season with better predictions than he started and aiming for a comeback over ERC.
The Socialists have taken advantage of the “all against Illa” to position the PSC as the alternative to what they have called the two “photos of Columbus”. On the one hand, the independence movement due to the commitment acquired not to agree with the PSC and, on the other, the forces of the right. Those of “perpetual hatred” against those of “permanent rage”, Pedro Sánchez expressed at the campaign closing ceremony. “We are the rebellion against confrontation,” said the socialist leader, who has asked for the vote for Illa “to rescue Catalonia from hatred and discord and write a new page.”
Triple tie at the head
The socialist candidate, who is fighting for the first position in votes, although he is aware that in seats it is more complicated and that the arithmetic to reach the Generalitat is devilish if not impossible, has also claimed himself as the only one who can take a change to Catalunya in the strategy to win the vote of Citizens. “While some defame and slander -he pointed out in reference to the hoaxes about his supposed vaccination- and others sign the pact of fear, we give real solutions to the problems of the people,” said Illa, who has raised the tone against the independentistas because of the veto that has been imposed on him for “no reason” other than “perpetual confrontation”: “It is the first sanitary cordon in history to social democracy.”
In the Sants neighborhood of Barcelona, a traditional Republican fiefdom, his ERC campaign has ended. The message of those of Pere Aragonès has raised the pro-independence tone in recent days and has tried to polarize with the socialists. “This 14F we will make an election that will not only mark the next few years but the next decade, because there are those who say that we have to turn the page, and we are not to turn the page. We are the ones who believe that this country has the right to write the book their freedom, “said the ERC candidate. “Here, Mr. Illa, nothing has finished, here everything continues and this people will continue their fight for freedom. They will not stop us, they did not do it with the 155 coup and they will not do it this Sunday at the polls”, added Aragonès , which has been proposed as the guarantee that the Generalitat remains in pro-independence hands.
For his part, Oriol Junqueras, has focused his words on making a call for participation. “If we have not given up in prison, even less can you surrender to a ballot box, because the ballot box is our weapon, our tool and our instrument,” he said, after referring to the traditional voters of his party, to those who have ever voted for them and, also, those who may be thinking of doing so for the first time. “You join an extraordinary project,” he said, after describing ERC as the party of those who “never give up” and of those who “always stand up in the fight.” “Prison has not defeated us, it has made us stronger, and it is part of the path for freedom and for the republic that we build every day. I ask you to go out and win these elections because it is also part of the path of freedom. The best thing you can do for the next generations is to build the republic by voting for ERC, “the Republican leader has ended up claiming.
Junts does not have problems with the mobilization, but it could have them with the leakage of voters to the PDeCAT, a formation that in recent days has repeated that it has options to enter the Parliament. Given this, the Junts candidate, Laura Borràs, called this Friday from the Poblenou neighborhood of Barcelona to opt for the useful vote to her list to prevent “independence votes from being left without representation.” The pro-independence president has also remarked that her formation guarantees that there is no tripartite government with the PSC, a recurring accusation of Junts towards ERC. “If you are thinking about it,” said Borràs, alluding to the slogan chosen by PDeCAT, “your vote may be decisive for JxCat to prevail over the PSC,” said the candidate, who has ensured that Junts “fit all those who want a free country. ”
Carles Puigdemont, who has intervened by videoconference, has insisted on the message of his candidate, whom he has described as the only one capable of defeating the socialist. “Is it her or Illa”, has repeated the expresident, with a play on words that in Junts they have turned into a flag in the last week of the campaign. The leader of the formation has also demanded that no pro-independence vote be “lost”, in a message against PDeCAT, because as he has said, the procés supporters are risking everything this Sunday. Also in a recorded message has appeared the ex-president Quim Torra, who has ruthlessly charged against Illa. “As a minister, he did a 155 health check at the worst moment of the pandemic. And now he dares to run as a candidate for the Government that he limited,” he said.
Citizens strip of Arrimadas
Arrimadas has closed the 14F electoral campaign in Terrassa Miramar in Barcelona together with the candidate for the Generalitat of his party, Carlos Carrizosa, appealing, as they have done all these days, to the participation this Sunday and calling for the mobilization of the “constitutionalist electorate “, Convinced that if they make an effort,” change “can be achieved this time, ending” the process “and avoiding the formation of a tripartite in Catalonia between the PSC, ERC and the commons. “The moment of truth has come”, said Arrimadas. “I know it is tiresome, that we are in a pandemic but we must go to vote,” he insisted. “Carri, I’m willing to go to your investiture,” he encouraged his partner.
The leader of Ciudadanos and Carrizosa have co-starred in this closing of the campaign -with the other three headliners of the 14F candidacy -Matías Alonso (Tarragona); Jordi Soler (Lleida), and Jean Castel (Girona) -, who have been deployed in their respective provinces, each accompanied by national leaders, deputies and regional leaders, who have raved about the candidate for the Generalitat. Like the national spokesperson, Melisa Rodríguez, or the deputy mayor of Madrid, Begoña Villacís, who has given an example of “the change” that has taken place in the capital of Spain, contrasting it with the situation in which they say that Colau is leaving Barcelona. The vice president of the Community of Madrid, Ignacio Aguado, has also participated, who, very encouraged, has ventured: “We can give the bell because Carrizosa is the most powerful candidate.” The deputy spokesman in Congress, Edmundo Bal, who has boasted that thanks to the complaint filed by Ciudadanos, the former president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, was disqualified as a candidate, has not missed the appointment either.
“There is a vote that has never been sold or will never be sold to nationalism and that is that of Ciudadanos,” said the party leader. “Carlos is going to break the trident of ruin, the Bermuda triangle that is to have Colau in Barcelona, Podemos in the central government and the independentists in the Government of Catalonia.” “The heart is going to impose itself on hatred,” Arrimadas predicted.
Pablo Casado, “one more Catalan”
I feel like another Catalan. The more we strengthen our presence, the more we connect with your countrymen, the more important we are. We are going to keep coming because it is essential that Catalonia recovers a future of hope. All Catalans have the right to decide the future of their children on Sunday. It has been a difficult campaign because they have done all the dirty play that only the left can do. They have tried by land, sea and air to boycott a project that Alejandro Fernández defends.
The PP is the common house of the center right, of constitutionalism, we ask no one where it comes from. Voting for the PP is worth three times, because we are not only decisive in Parliament, we are also decisive in Congress and in the EU. If Alejandro is decisive, we are going to lower taxes, we are going to guarantee the choice of educational center and that parents can choose for their children to study in Spanish. We are also going to end illegal squatting of homes.
Comuns and CUP, to improve results
The two formations that are located further to the left of the Catalan political spectrum, the ‘comuns’ and the CUP, both aspire to obtain a better representation in these elections. Especially in the case of the anti-capitalists, who had four seats in the last legislature and now believe they could even double. The CUP has celebrated its end of the campaign in Badalona, a talismanic place for its candidate, where she was mayor for almost three years after taking the PP from Xavier García Albiol from the town hall. Dolors Sabater has exhibited anti-fascist pedigree to ensure that “every vote for the CUP is a vote against Vox.”
From En Comú Podem they promise a left-wing government, without right-wing parties and ideologically transversal. In their case, they have chosen the city of Blanes, in Girona, to launch their campaign, from where the candidate Jéssica Albiach has assured that “the left-wing Government will arrive”, but that only their votes guarantee that it will do so after February 14. The candidate of the ‘comuns’ has also assured that she trusts that, before repeating the elections, ERC and PSC will negotiate.
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