For decades, the socialist newspaper El País has been the unofficial spokesperson for the PSOE and its different governments.
El País describes the PP protest as “democratic deterioration”
The editorials of that newspaper are like the fatwas of Spanish socialism: they are the sentences that tell us if we are good or bad democrats, if we are good or bad people and if we do the right thing, always according to the scale of socialism of the dictates of the PSOE. Judging by his editorial published yesterday, the authoritarian vein of Spanish socialism has once again swelled with < a href="https://www.outono.net/elentir/2023/09/24/the-pp-organizes-a-rally-for-equality-and-feijoo-ends-up-defending-socialism/">yesterday's PP rally.
The socialist newspaper uses the expression "democratic deterioration" not to describe Pedro Sánchez's willingness to approve an amnesty, something clearly prohibited by the Constitution, but to describe yesterday's protest by the PP in the streets of Madrid. And that despite the fact that Feijóo made a defense of socialism. Who knows what El País would be publishing if the protest had been called by the conservatives of Vox, who deny socialism and reject any pact with socialists.
The socialist newspaper says that “politics is made in Parliament”
The most striking part of the El País editorial says the following: "Politics is made in Parliament, so it would also be expected that it would be there, and not in the street, where he made an assessment of the political situation in Catalonia". According to the Royal Spanish Academy, one of the meanings of the word "politics" is the following: "Activity of the citizen when he intervenes in public affairs with his opinion, with his vote, or in any other way." Without a doubt, it is necessary to have an elitist and undemocratic mentality to believe that politics is only made in parliament and not in the street, which is one of the spaces in which citizens can express our opinions.
What El País said 20 years ago when the PP governed
It must be said that the socialist newspaper El País did not always exhibit this allergy towards street protests. In March 2003, when the Popular Party was in power with José María Aznar at the head of the government, the socialist newspaper published an editorial titled "Right to demonstrate", in which it stated the following:
"President Aznar has claimed time and again in his appearances before Congress the legitimacy that his parliamentary majority grants him to make the decisions he has made regarding the Iraq conflict. And he is right. But democracy is not exhausted in Parliament; it guarantees the free exercise by citizens of all the rights enshrined in the Constitution. Among them, very especially the right to demonstrate. And sometimes, as is the case, the street expresses different majorities than the ballot box. And both are protected by the Constitution."
From what it seems, that "right to demonstrate" that El País claimed then should have been only for the left, because now, with a government made up of socialists and communists, the Grupo PRISA newspaper tells us that Politics must be done in Parliament and not in the street. Imagine that a right-wing media outlet now thought of saying that "the street expresses different majorities than the ballot box", when it is precisely the opposition to the left that decides to demonstrate ... The funniest thing about the authoritarian streak of the left is that it exposes itself with its newspaper archives.
Photo: El País.
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