The stubbornness of the events has been dismantling, hour after hour, day after day, the flimsy alibi mounted by the first socialist mayor of Molina de Segura, Esther Clavero, to try to justify the privilege of having received the Covid-19 vaccine despite being outside the protocol, and has left her alone and isolated in the mayor’s chair, which she continues to cling to tooth and nail. Unable to present any proof that she was summoned to inject the dose “by medical prescription”, apart from a written suspect signed by someone who shares the dual status of coordinator of the health center where she was vaccinated and her sentimental partner, Clavero attended yesterday, sheltered in silence, to a veritable wave of demands that he leave public office.
The requests came from the main opposition party, the Popular Party headed in the town José Ángel Alfonso, but also from the political formation that has been supporting the socialist mayor in the municipal government, Podemos. The regional spokesperson for this party, María Marín, demanded that “get to the bottom of the vaccine scandal” and granted a period of 24 hours for Clavero to resign and the PSOE to propose another candidate for mayor. Otherwise, Podemos will expire the government pact and will leave the socialists in the minority.
Complaint to the prosecutor
It was this formation that, in addition, opened a new front for Esther Clavero, in this judicial case, when she went yesterday to the Superior Prosecutor’s Office to file a complaint “against the mayor and the doctor who has improperly vaccinated her.”
From Ferraz, those who have received favorable treatment are asked “not to embarrass an acronym with 140 years of history”
Marín warned that his complaint may have “serious” legal consequences for those who have allegedly used their public office to access vaccination, earlier than their due and bypassing the protocols established by the health authorities. Depending on the severity of the damage, he said, those who have maneuvered to get vaccinated or vaccinate others with favorable treatment face fines of 3,000 to 600,000 euros.
But the last volley from the political trenches came to him in the middle of the afternoon, and this time from ‘friendly fire’. The national leadership of the PSOE issued a harsh statement in which it demanded the resignation of all public positions in this party who were vaccinated by skipping the list, regardless of whether they have already been suspended from membership, as has happened with Clavero.
In addition to the Murcian mayor, the socialist mayors of El Verger (Alicante), Ximo Coll; Els Poblets (Alicante), Carolina Vives; Rafelbunyol (Valencia), Fran López; Torrecampo (Córdoba), Francisca Alamillo; Alcaracejos (Córdoba), José Luis Cabrera; and Villavicencio de los Caballeros (Valladolid), Alberto de Paz, and a group of councilors.
From the national headquarters of the PSOE it was wanted to make it clear that “we do not allow this type of unsupportive attitudes” and transferred to its militants, “and especially to their public positions”, the need “to set an example and not embarrass an acronym with more than 140 years of history, who have always defended the common good above individual interests.
“This type of reprehensible attitudes are very far from what our acronyms mean”, sentenced the formation led by Pedro Sánchez.
In these circumstances, the only and precarious support that seems to remain for Clavero is that of the leader of the Murcian PSOE, Diego Conesa, who continues to refuse to assess whether the mayor should resign and is limited to maintaining that it is “a personal decision.” Yesterday, after the PP from Moline offered its seven councilors to force a change in the mayor’s office, which would be headed by another Socialist mayor, Conesa came out in defense of the Molinense. “The need for the resignation of a councilor, who was handpicked by the regional president, is not the same situation as a mayoress elected in elections.” On the offer of collaboration from the PP, he attacked them: “They believe that the Region is their farm.”
Goodbye by WhatsApp
Last night, Clavero said goodbye to the WhatsApp group of socialist mayors. «I believe that the party has precipitated, and again the PP is able to wait with defendants, processed and vaccinated days and days. Months and years. Before the flu passes, three days up, three days down, we make decisions without measure, about people who have won elections. After noting that “I am at peace and calm” and that “I have always done what I have considered the most honest”, he allowed himself to ask them to continue “fighting, but out of vocation. Citizens always first. Then everything else. Clavero did not clarify if he was saying goodbye for having been removed from membership in the PSOE or because he plans to leave office.