João Ferreira: Anti-democratic drifts are combated by going to the root of the problem – Portugal

Presidential candidate João Ferreira defended today that “anti-democratic drifts” like those that are emerging in Portugal are combating “going to the root” of the problem, with policies that help to resolve citizens’ dissatisfaction.


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“Other policies are necessary in order to correct the reasons for dissatisfaction, discontent, the revolt of so many citizens, to defend, thus strengthening the roots of democracy in Portuguese society”, he defended.

Speaking to journalists in front of the PCP’s headquarters in Lisbon, the candidate supported by the CDU stressed that one cannot “ignore the reasons” behind the dissatisfaction of the Portuguese, a feeling “that others manipulate opportunistically”.

Asked by journalists about the possibility of André Ventura, candidate for the Presidency of the Republic and leader of Chega, surpassing the total number of votes of the candidates on the left, João Ferreira rejected that such scenario could happen.

“As much as some seek, based on the protagonism they give to certain forces, to make the prophecies that announce prophecies that are fulfilled, this will not happen”, underlined the MEP.

For João Ferreira, “it is necessary to resist traps” that, under the alleged justification of “signaling a danger”, are, in fact, contributing “to the self-fulfilling prophecies”.

“This is the candidacy that, you can believe, the most will tell, for its past, for its history, for the tradition it assumes for the struggle for freedom and democracy, but, above all, for the paths it aims to defeat these types of projects is the consequent force that will count more to defend freedom and democracy “, he concluded.

Before speaking to journalists, João Ferreira received, in a symbolic action, the support of 160 lawyers for his candidacy, whose first subscriber is João Correia, former Secretary of State for Justice of the last government of José Sócrates.

During the morning, the candidate had participated in a session on employment, rights and development at the Luísa Todi Municipal Forum, in Setúbal.

Presidential elections take place in the midst of the covid-19 epidemic in Portugal on January 24, the 10th time that Portuguese citizens have chosen the head of state in democracy since 1976. The electoral campaign started on the 10th and ends on January, 22th.

There are seven candidates: the incumbent Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (officially supported by PSD and CDS-PP), the diplomat and former MEP of the PS Ana Gomes (PAN and Free), the only deputy of Chega, André Ventura, the MEP and leader communist, João Ferreira (PCP and “Os Verdes”), the MEP and leader of BE, Marisa Matias, the founder of the Liberal Initiative Tiago Mayan and the calceteiro and former socialist mayor Vitorino Silva (president of the RIR – Reacir, Incluir, Reciclar ).

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