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It is not the Iberia dreamed of by José Saramago, but it is still fascinating to see how a simple label on social networks, #vermelhoembelem, is these days a link between Spain and Portugal. A common feminist call, to clothe the Portuguese leftist Marisa Matías, attacked by the extreme right of her country for something as simple as lipstick.
At the gates of the presidential elections next Sunday, the neighboring country has been shaken by a macho controversy, after André Ventura, A candidate for the far-right party Chega !, has attacked his opponent Matías, a MEP from the Bloco de Esquerda, in a campaign act, for painting her lips, comparing her to a doll.
As a reaction, since last Friday the Portuguese social networks began to fill with messages of support for politics, of women (and men) who painted their faces asking for “red in Belem”, the current residence of the President of the Portuguese Republic . A protest that jumped the border and went viral on Spanish networks.
Marisa Matías, declared to Portuguese television that “the insult that André Ventura made to women does not say anything about women, but it says everything about this man”, being happy with the wave of solidarity generated.
In our country, politicians, artists, journalists and thousands of other users have joined the call. Pilar del Río, a Spanish journalist based in Lisbon, who was Saramago’s wife, affirms for example that “it is very interesting that an insult has become a demand for democracy in front of a candidate who is clearly not a democrat”, and has also risen she a tweet supporting the initiative, painting her lips “as a sign of freedom” and “in front of the extreme right”.
#VermelhoEmBelem: women and men paint our lips as a sign of freedom. In front of the extreme right that has tried to disqualify@mmatias_Because we are a woman, people from different parties paint our lips and announce that the color red is beautiful and advances pic.twitter.com/R8RAfb4F6I– Pilar del Río (@delRioPilar) January 15, 2021
👄My grandmother used to say that the very red lips of free women are a kick in the balls of fascists. He knew whereof he spoke.
💋Go ahead @mmatias_. The sisters are with you.January 16, 2021
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