Pedro Puy, spokesman for the Popular Group in O Hórreo, summarized it as follows: «Is it strange that a democratic Parliament honors its first president, naming him after a chamber? No. What is strange is that someone can oppose it». And yet it happened. The BNG did so, with its refusal to allow the room where the Board of Spokespersons meet to bear the name of Antonio Rosón, the first president of the Xunta and who was also the president of the Autonomous Chamber. A veto that he turned into a non-law proposal, included through urgent proceedings, which did not prosper last Tuesday, during the Plenary.
The ammunition was brought by the nationalist deputy Luis Bará, as the usual person in charge of a topic that he soon made clear, when he crossed out «crude attempt to whitewash Franco’s fascism»The granting of the name of Rosón to the room in question.
Bará took as “true, proven and contrasted by multiple sources” that he “was part of a criminal organization called the Spanish Falange”, that “he was therefore a coup leader”, and that “led a bloody repression with the murder of at least 37 people, militants and republican leaders ”, in the province of Lugo. To support these claims, he relied primarily on information from El Progreso at the time.
In short, he said, history is falsified and the memory of the victims is undermined. Hence his rejection. The PP, he accused, “says it condemns Francoism” but it is only “for the gallery.” “Francoism cannot be condemned in the morning and glorified in the afternoon. They show their true face and their mask falls off, “he lashed out.
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Puy, in turn, devoted himself to stripping the arguments of the Bloc and the “long division that runs through it since the times of the Transition”, with the “maximalist principles of always”. A BNG whose leader, Ana Pontón, says to open a reflection, although, and here he paraphrased ex-footballer Gary Lineker, «they play eleven against eleven, but those who do not accept the great consensus always win, and those who accept the current legal framework always lose ».
Going to the nitty-gritty, he denounced that “the facts that are taken for granted” in relation to Rosón are not sustained, such as his participation in the 1936 repression, something that “is not at all historiographically proven, there is not a single document let him try it ». So what was the veto for? He wondered. In his day, Puy recalled, when the heirs of Rosón received the Parliament Medal in their honor, the BNG spokesman attended the event. In fact, it was answered, now, in 2021, they are not opposed by his Francoist past, “not very relevant”, but precisely for the reasons for which his legacy is recognized: “for its autonomist and integrating past“, Which is precisely what allows” that we can be freely discussing his figure in this chamber. “
The BNG, influenced, vetoes Rosón because “it contributed to creating awareness of the need for autonomy” in Galicia, integrating people from all parties into its government, and because it lowered the Community Day, it institutionalized it in what the Bloc saw an “attack on its monopoly.” As if all this were not enough, he commissioned the drafting of the draft of the Statute (commission of 16). Definitely, Rosón “represents everything that they have been reviling since the Transition”, which is nothing other than the “consensus”.
Puy warned the nationalists that this is’ a debate that remains between you“And that” the vast majority of Galicians surpassed decades ago. ” The same Galicians who, unlike the BNG, prefer to celebrate the 40 years of the Statute before the Catalan independence Day. The popular spokesman regretted that the Bloc brought a question to Parliament with which they only sought to “keep the ranks tight.” The rest “do not need a reflection”, quoting Pontón, “to remain loyal to the democratic pacts.”
A long applause accompanied Puy back to his seat.
As for the PSOE, he put himself largely in profile, through the mouth of his deputy spokesman, Pablo Arangüena: this said he did not share the “revisionism of some”, and he shelled the merits of Rosón in Democracy, but he demanded that all the names of rooms approved in July by a mere formalism be left without effect.