Red lips against the macho ultra-right: the viral campaign that unites Spanish and Portuguese women


Irene Montero, Minister of Equality, has joined the campaign.

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”.

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