Toledo/Madrid, Jan 28 (EFE).- The co-spokesperson for Podemos, Isa Serra, and the deputy Rafa Mayoral have denounced this Saturday “a full-fledged offensive” against the “only yes is yes” law, in their orchestrated opinion by conservative sectors that are “pressing” these days to “return to the previous model”.
This has been remarked in Toledo, where they have taken part in a public act, together with the Podemos candidate for the presidency of Castilla-La Mancha, José Luis García Gascón, within the pre-campaign route ‘La Fuerza que Transforma’, which this Saturday has landed in the Castilian-La Mancha capital.
On the other hand, sources from Podemos have told Efe that “the Government has not stopped looking for formulas so that the law is applied correctly, sharing the social concern for the decisions of those judges who are deciding to reduce sentences. We are still working on it.”
“But to this day there is no agreement on a valid solution. The PSOE is under pressure to return to the previous model and that consent ceases to be the center of the penal code,” the sources added.
In Toledo, referring to the news published this Saturday by La Vanguardia on the Government’s decision to reform the law in the face of the barrage of criticism received, Serra stated that “what we are experiencing these days is pressure from conservative sectors who want to return to the previous model.
Some pressure, he continued, that comes from sectors “that want to reverse consent and I think it is important to say, our government partner is also suffering,” he said, referring to the PSOE.
Mayoral: feminism “is unstoppable”
However, “we tell these sectors that feminism is unstoppable”, added the Podemos co-spokesperson, whose training partner Rafa Mayoral has spoken in similar terms to questions from journalists before the rally, although he has avoided commenting on the works that are undertaken within the Government on said law.
However, he has assured that “what I can tell you is that there is very little repercussion with a series of sentences that are stating very clearly that if the law of ‘only yes is yes’ were being applied in those sentences they would be much harsher than those that are being applied with the previous law.
And she has highlighted that the Specialized Prosecutor herself in matters of gender violence is proposing that said law has “greater protection for women” and the possibility of imposing harsher penalties for behaviors that violate their sexual freedom.
Podemos highlights that conservatives “do not accept the advancement of feminist rights”
“It is time to speak with legal rigor, which is lacking a lot,” said Mayoral, who recalled that “it is not the first time” that a progressive law suffers “an offensive”, as already happened with the Law on Violence of Gender.
“Conquering rights makes conservative sectors resist and this law has gone ahead mainly due to the push of the feminist movement, which does not accept the framework that was being proposed all this time and that was not based on the central axis of consent.”
In the same context, he has emphasized that even international organizations “are congratulating our country for this legislation and even in Europe it is being considered that it could be a reference when legislating in many countries.”
And he has concluded that “it is evident that there is a full-blown offensive by conservative sectors that do not accept the advancement of feminist rights”, for which “firmness and rigor are needed” and this means that “politics is not It does with headlines from large media outlets that only look at some things and ignore others,” he criticized.
Cuca Gamarra offers the votes of the PP to change the law of “only yes is yes”
The spokesperson for the popular group in Congress, Cuca Gamarra, has offered the votes of her party’s parliamentarians in Congress and the Senate so that the Government can reform the ‘only yes is yes’ law without needing the votes of Podemos.
In his speech this Saturday at the presentation of Cristina Ayala as head of the candidacy list for the next local elections in Burgos, Gamarra criticized the Government for not authorizing the mobilizations that the PP had called throughout Spain against that law and He has assured that they will continue to denounce after each sentence that reduces sentences for sexual crimes.
The parliamentary spokesperson and general secretary of the PP has also accused the government of Pedro Sánchez of “breaking all bridges” with the opposition leader.
Moncloa says that it is already addressing with Podemos solutions for the “only yes is yes” law
The coalition government is addressing solutions to the problems generated by the application of the organic law for the comprehensive guarantee of sexual freedom, known as the “only yes is yes” law, for which it is working hand in hand with the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, in a “serious and rigorous” manner, according to sources from La Moncloa.
The same sources point out that the two parties of the coalition government, “in full harmony”, are aware of the undesirable effects generated by the application of the law, with the review of sentences for sexual offenders, and want to contribute together to solve it.