The Constitution should be complied with and not changed, defends former deputy António Filipe, one of the faces of a manifesto that will be launched this Sunday, in Lisbon, on the day that 47 years pass after the approval of the 1976 Constitution.
“Comply with and enforce the Constitution” is the title of the manifesto with 160 subscribers, including deputies of the Constituent Assembly, April military, university professors, cultural and sports figures.
In statements to Renaissanceformer PCP deputy António Filipe explains that the purpose of the manifesto is “to highlight the importance of the Constitution for Portuguese democracy and to value the principles and rights enshrined in it”.
The Fundamental Law is “progressive”, “identifying with the values of the 25th of April revolution” and “it is important to defend it and demand compliance by the public authorities”, he underlines.
The manifesto is not intended to intervene in the ongoing constitutional revision, but argues that it is necessary to comply with what already exists.
“The manifesto does not focus on the fact that a constitutional revision process is underway, that is not what moves us, it is not an intervention that was motivated by the constitutional revision, it goes far beyond that. He considers that the issue that exists in Portugal regarding the Constitution is not any need for its revision or amendment, but above all the need to comply with all the values it enshrines”, defends António Filipe.
The spokesman for this manifesto, which will be presented this Sunday at Casa do Alentejo, in Lisbon, says that Portugal would be a better country if the current Constitution were fulfilled.
“The idea behind this manifesto is that the country would be better if the Constitution were complied with in its entirety, in relation to the set of rights it enshrines and whose degree of compliance still seems to be lacking, just think of the difficulties that many people have in the field. access to fundamental rights such as justice, health or housing.”
About the subscribers of the manifesto, there are party militants and others without affiliation. They are progressives from various democratic areas, says António Filipe.
With this movement, the group intends to launch reflection on the Constitution until its 50th anniversary.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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