Ricardo Alvarez-Mirror, retired lieutenant basic – till 2017 he was Chief of the Basic Inspection of the Military and the best navy submit in Catalonia – has despatched a letter to the media through which he describes as “shameful and grotesque” the feedback of different retired navy officers in a WhatsApp chat through which there was speak of capturing 26 million Spaniards . The controversy has reached the Prosecutor’s Workplace: the Minister of Protection, Margaret Robles, has requested you to gather extra information in case a criminal offense might have occurred. The final word aim, in line with Robles, is “to safeguard the respect and public esteem of the Armed Forces.”
Within the letter, Lieutenant Basic Álvarez-Espejo assures that he desires to convey his “opinion” on this “matter of relevance” carried out “by a bunch of retired troopers who’ve tarnished the great picture of our Armed Forces.” For him, the letter addressed to the King “comprises and expresses terminology and concerns unacceptable to any member” of the Military. “Feedback just like the” execution “appear to me fairly embarrassing and grotesque,” he insists.
Álvarez-Espejo defends that any retired navy man, even when he not is dependent upon the Ministry of Protection or is topic to navy self-discipline, “ought to always remember the dedication of service to society that he acquired in his day by way of his oath or promise to constancy to the Structure, through which the rule of legislation and democratic values are enshrined ”. Subsequently, it appears to him «a lack of ethics and disloyalty » to make use of the establishment, “invoking its situation of belonging to a sure promotion, to collectively signal pamphlet manifestos that distort the great title and actuality of the Armed Forces on the service of Spain and its constitutional ideas.”
The lieutenant basic defends that retired troopers can individually categorical their ideas and concepts “with no limits aside from respect for the legislation”, however provides: “The shortage of concord with most of the values that right this moment might govern the governance of Spain doesn’t It may be a motive, in no case, to query our values or contain and stain the determine of the utmost exponent of the identical that embodies the determine of His Majesty the King.
For all this, and to his “remorse”, Álvarez-Espejo defends that the retired navy personnel who’ve been splattered by the controversy «They don’t symbolize, for something or anybody, the truth and emotions of the Armed Forces, however neither does that of its retired personnel which for essentially the most half is totally recognized with constitutional values and ideas. “Lengthy reside Spain, lengthy reside the King, lengthy reside the Structure,” he concludes.
Álvarez-Espejo’s joins the crucial voices towards the feedback made in that chat. This identical Friday, the Chief of the Protection Employees (Jemad), the Basic of the Air Drive Miguel Angel Villarroya, has assured that these retired troopers can not declare a proper of illustration that they don’t possess, “they harm the picture of the Armed Forces and solely confuse public opinion.”
The “good work” of the Armed Forces, “backed by a steely spirit of service and by numerous navy operations in nationwide territory and around the globe, has led to it being constantly one of many establishments greatest valued by our society”, has remembered Villarroya.
ABC has been in a position to seek the advice of sources near the chat, who’ve wished to downplay the controversy by assuring that “it was an off-the-cuff factor, between mates” and that “nobody ever considered a coup.”