The deputies of the VOX Parliamentary Group, Ignacio Blanco and Sara Álvarez Rouco, have filed a formal complaint against the President of the General Meeting of the Principality, Marcelino Marcos Líndez, for serious breaches of their duties, contained in Article 38 of the House Rules Asturian, by not guaranteeing the right to equality of the deputies of the VOX Parliamentary Group in the exercise of their parliamentary functions protected by article 23.2 of the Spanish Constitution, in the plenary session of last July 15.
The complaint was motivated after the spokesman, during the intervention of the deputy of Podemos, Rafael Palacios, in disbelief, asked Marcos Líndez if “some system has been implemented by the Mesa so that some, who do not understand everything that says Mr. Palacios, we can understand it ”. "Not only did he respond," explains the spokesman, "that until now the intervention was perfectly understandable, and if there was a word that he did not understand at the end of the intervention, he would indicate it and Deputy Palacios would translate those words, but also, and after that he could not write down those words that he did not understand because the position in fallacy had been fully established, the Presidency did not propose an alternative to make the intervention that defended Proposition no Law understandable. ”
The document consists of 8 folios detailing the reasons why the President of the General Meeting of the Principality "intentionally violates his obligation to conduct debates impartially, respecting the Regulations, protecting the rights of all deputies, and not giving any response to the problem derived from article 11, given that it restricts with its actions the constitutional right of parliamentarians Ignacio Blanco and Sara Álvarez Rouco to participate in public affairs on equal terms for all deputies, as well as for the more than 88,000 Asturians who they have backed in the ballot boxes in the last elections ”, explain the deputies.
In the opinion of Ignacio Blanco and Sara Álvarez Rouco, the President attributed “the power to previously discern whether the intervention was understandable by third parties, charging with subjectivity and excusing his obligation to ensure the smooth running of the work of the Chamber and impartial leadership of the debate, thereby vetoing the constitutionally protected right of two deputies from the Asturian Parliament ”.
In fact, they point out, this is not the first time that this has happened at the General Meeting. In the plenary session of the Chamber in the session dated November 27, 2019 and on the occasion of the debate on Proposition no of the PP Law on the official name of the mouth of the Eo river, the intervention of Nuria Rodríguez, deputy of Podemos, it was carried out in fala or Asturian Galician. Plenary in which the deputy Sara Álvarez Rouco informed the President that he did not understand the intervention, questioning him to exercise his functions.
As indicated in the document presented before the Chamber, “although the use of the bable is protected by article 11 of the Regulations of the General Meeting, non-comprehension by two deputies of Asturian and Asturian Galician has been transferred to satiety , an injury to Article 23.2 EC occurs repeatedly as regards the right to participate in public affairs on equal terms for all deputies, which becomes especially relevant in relation to Asturian Galician if it is remembered that Law 1/1998 of March 23, use and promotion of the Bable / Asturian provides in its article 2 regarding the Galician / Asturian that 'The regime of protection, respect, protection and development established in this Law for the Bable / Asturian will be extended, through special regulation to Galician / Asturian in areas where it has the character of its own linguistic modality '. We can all share that Oviedo is not an area where Asturian Galician is used regularly. ”
Likewise, Blanco and Álvarez Rouco point out in the complaint filed against the Speaker of the Chamber that "deputies have the right to understand the interventions of the speakers, no measure has ever been articulated by the higher bodies of Parliament in defense of said right. And, undoubtedly, article 4 of the Statute of Autonomy cannot be covered when it provides that the use of bable will be promoted, since said article protects voluntariness in its learning and, being evident that there are difficulties in understanding this unofficial language , there is no legal protection whatsoever to violate the fundamental right of said deputies. We say more, even if there was officiality of the bable, there would also be no obligation for its learning and, therefore, it would not be lawful to prevent the right of political participation due to its non-understanding ”.
Finally, regarding the recent modification of the Regulation, Ignacio Blanco and Sara Álvarez Rouco point out that “it favors the interest of those people who choose to use the bable in parliament, but leaves out the interest, which is also right, of those people who legitimately do not choose that option, largely because they do not know or understand the bable ”.

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