Chega’s presidential candidate defended today that sectors such as restaurants, cafeterias, small businesses and cultural events should remain open and suggested that the Prime Minister, António Costa, is preparing to step down soon.
“We voted against the decree because it is a blank check to the Government. These measures that were announced do not correspond at all to what the country needs, for example the closure of several sectors of activity. It is not demonstrated that they are factors of effective spread of the virus It will kill the Portuguese economy “, said André Ventura, at an evening rally in Portalegre.
The single deputy and leader of the parliamentary far-right party said he understood “that there must be restrictions, honestly, but not a new general confinement, which will harm the Portuguese economy”, admitting the closure of other sectors such as “the” night ‘, clubs and bars, or gyms, which deserve specific support “.
“It will create a break in the economic cycle like we have never seen in history. I can only assume, with this type of measures, that António Costa is thinking of doing this to leave very soon and let others solve the problem later,” he said, arguing that a “structured plan” should have been made, prepared in advance, in the summer, with a “phased and differentiated confinement”.
The new measures taken today by the Council of Ministers to control the covid-19 pandemic, including the duty of home collection, come into force at 00:00 on Friday.
According to António Costa, the exceptions that already existed in March and April will remain, “with one exception that relates to the democratic calendar of the presidential elections of the next 24th of January and the need” not to “sacrifice the current one generation of students “, maintaining the” full functioning of educational establishments.
During the rally, the president of Chega again resorted to personal insults to some of his competitors at the Palace of Belém, such as the socialist Ana Gomes, the blocker Marisa Matias, the communist João Ferreira or the current head of state, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa .
The worst words were reserved for the general secretary of the PCP, Jerónimo de Sousa, who compared it to that “drunk grandfather that we have at home who, after a certain moment, begins not to find fun in jokes”.
“Marcelo is at home, but with a mask for the camera. Alone, he looked like a kind of ghost. I am not saying that he is a skeleton, I am saying that he looked …”, he said, referring to the television debate with seven the day before.
Ana Gomes was nicknamed “smuggler”, due to the episode of taking the flu vaccine brought by a friend from France, while Marisa Matias was analyzed as having “a performance far below what would be expected, with an air of that everyone owes him money and no one paid him “e” with very red lips.
“Ar de operário beto de Cascais” was the epithet that fell to João Ferreira, pointing out that “the PCP does not pay taxes for the ‘Avante!’ since 1974 “.
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