Forcadell asks the PSOE for "bravery" regarding the pardons, but affirms that it is "complicated"

The former president of the Parliament takes for granted thatshe will lose the open prison regime when the Prosecutor's Office appeals to the Supreme Court

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The former president of the Parliament, Carme Forcadell, in an act of ERC this Wednesday.

BarcelonaCarme Forcadell asks the PSOE to show " bravery" and move forward with the pardons. In an interview to the ACN, the former president of the Parliament calls for the socialists to work to move forward this measure of grace, which the Spanish government has yet to resolve. At this point, she is waiting for the Supreme Court to send its reports -the State Attorney's Office has not yet sent its report, while the Prosecutor's Office has already expressed its opposition-. Forcadell, however, admits that it is "complicated" that the pardons go ahead because she considers that Unidas Podemos has "relative strength". "I have my doubts, because the situation, the context and the majorities are what they are, and Podemos has relative strength", she says, although she does not see it as "impossible" that the Spanish Government will endorse them.

Forcadell demands that the Spanish government grant a pardon to the prisoners, but insists on the amnesty as the solution for their freedom ahead of the pardon. She considers that an amnesty law is a "clear recognition" of the conflict with the State, because "it shows willingness to solve it". However, the former president of the Parliament admits that it is necessary to be "realistic" because the majority in Parliament to pass an amnesty law "is lacking". In this line, despite endorsing the pardon and the reform of the Penal Code, she considers that they are "patches", in addition to noting that so far the Spanish government has done "absolutely nothing" to bring these paths closer to each other.

Loosing the open prison regime

In the interview, Forcadell also takes for granted that the "political prisoners" will lose their open regime "as soon" as the Prosecutor appeals this regime of semi-freedom before the Supreme Court. "Evidently we will go back to prison, like the other time. Of the Supreme Court we do not expect anything, because they would like us to spend all the years closed without going out or seeing the light of the Sun", she has denounced.

Be that as it may, she celebrates that, for the moment, the prisoners of Lledoners also maintain the open regime: "It was a highly satisfactory decision. I'm happier if the 9 of us are in the same situation".

The "frustration" of young people

Furthermore, on the protests of recent days against the imprisonment of the rapper Pablo Hasél, the former president of the ANC lamented the "frustration" of the youth, "without prospects or a life project" as a result of the economic and social crises, also aggravated by the pandemic. Forcadell requested not to criminalize the youth or make generalizations about the cases of vandalism during the demonstrations. In the same way, she has claimed that the whole Mossos corps should not be criminalized for "malpractices" that, she says, have to be investigated.

"This is very hard, and somehow they try to process it and get it out. I understand it", she added. Similarly, the former ERC leader warns that violence only generates more violence, and that this attitude "does not solve anything". Thus, she defends that pacifism "is always good, now and before". Forcadell concludes that it is necessary to find a "solver" for youth to be encouraged again and to recover hope: "We can give them hope again, and to look for a project that encourages them".