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Notícies :: antifeixisme : globalització neoliberal : corrupció i poder : pobles i cultures vs poder i estats
Dear non-Portuguese speakers,
11 jul 2004
Two years ago we had an election. We have normal, democratic elections here.
Dear non-Portuguese speakers,

Just so that you can understand what the fuss is all about. Two years ago we had an election. We have normal, democratic elections here. The right-to-center PSD party won, but failed to achieve a majority of Parliamentary seats. They formed a coalition with the extreme-right PP party - something they hadn't even presented as a possibility to voters. The administration so far has been based on your standard neo-liberal and anti-social policies (no news there, but bad news nonetheless). About a month ago we had an election for the European Parliament. The coalition suffered the biggest defeat ever in the 30-year old history of Portuguese democracy and the left, obviously, won. A few days later, Prime-Minister Barroso was chosen to be the new President of the European Commission. He did not hesitate (other European PMs did, since they had electoral commitments to their constituencies) and took the job.

Now, the Portuguese Constitution says that the President can do two things in such circumstances: s/he can ask the majority party to nominate a new PM, or call for a new election. On the aftermath of Barroso's escape, PSD elected Santana Lopes, its vice-president, as their new president and potential PM. Thing is: Mr Lopes is Lisbon's mayor and a renowned populist and demagog free-lancer, very much in the style of the likes of Berlusconi in Italy. Polls indicated that the majority of the Portuguese people was for a new election, since Mr Lopes was not part of the package in the election two years ago (he isn't even an MP, and although we have a party system, people tend to vote based on specific PM candidates).

Now for the President: he belongs to the opposition left-to-center Socialist Party and we hoped he would call for a new election. Well, last night he told us he won't. 'For the sake of stability' he asked the PSD to name a new PM, knowing all along that it would be Mr Lopes. Now we will have a government led by this person in a close (actually enhanced) alliance with Paulo Portas, our local LePen avatar.

As a consequence of last night's bad news, Socialist Party leader Mr Ferro Rodrigues resigned. Portuguese President Sampaio simultaneously accomplished the feats of leading the extreme and populist right into government, of not consulting the people through an election, and of destroying his Socialist party (a probable consequence of Mr Rodrigues's resignation will be the election of some centrist drone...).

In our semi-presidential and semi-parliamentary system, the President is the last hope for maintainig democracy and its institutions. His obsession with an abstract notion of stability will lead us into true instability. We're sad, we're mad, and we want to be heard.

mva

http://valedealmeida.blogspot.com/2004_07_01_valedealmeida_archive.html#

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Comentaris

Re: Dear non-Portuguese speakers,
11 jul 2004
en català, si us plau!
catala
11 jul 2004
aun no te has enterado q la red es multilingüe y q probablemente quien ha colgado esto no sabe catalan? barcelona indymedia es d tod@s, no sólo d l@s catalan@s. ayudaria mas al catalan si lo tradujeses tu.
Re: ciber
12 jul 2004
Tu escriuries a NewYork.Indymedia.Org en euskera, chileno o català? no, oi? dons no escrigues a Barcelona.Indymedia.Org en anglés!!!

tan difícil és d'entendre que el NOSTRE IDIOMA és el CATALÀ!!!???!!!
Re: Dear non-Portuguese speakers,
12 jul 2004
Disculpa (A) pero es que teneis una mania de generalizar, el calaá es tu idioma, por qué dices nuestro?

y quien eres tu para decir a nadie que es lo que puede escribir aquí?

Anda cierra la boquita que tienes, que traes fantasmas del pasado a la memoria.

al de la noticia: gracias por utilizar indymedia, y aquí se publica en el idioma que puedas u os de la gana, no hagais caso de estos pesaos del catalán, son cuatro y no tienen otra cosa que hacer, en la lucha en la calle no se les suele ver
A ver quien generaliza Chema?
12 jul 2004
Grande tu aportacion, o sea que quien generaliza es (A), y tu no cuando dices "estos pesaos del catalan, son cuatro y no tienen otra cosa que hacer, en la lucha en la calle no se les suele ver"?
Ya te vale chaval, a ver si el que cierras el pico eres tu. Cuando te interesa va y montas debates donde vas de superargumentado, respectuoso con los que hablan catalan, y cuando ni piensas cuando escribes te sale el ramalazo unificador espanolizador. De que vas?
Aqui los que traen fantasmas del pasado son los que como tu se meten con el pueblo catalan simplemente por esto: por ser catalan.
A quien no he visto en la lucha de calle es a ti y a espinete, o sea que cierra tu bocaza y la proxima vez que vayas a una mani, a un desalojo, o te intereses por lo que hacen los movimientos sociales, oido al parche nene, porque te sorprenderas de la gente que habla en catalan.
Ala y que te zurzen
grandilocuente intervención
12 jul 2004
tu mismo eliges, si eres de los que entran a los debates argumentados, o eres de los "en catalan sius plau"
A veure, argumenta una mica nen
12 jul 2004
Gracies per els elogis de la meva intervencio, pero podries respondre si tu generalitzes o no? Podries dir d'on treus l'afirmacio de que els catalans no participen en la lluita de carrer?
Xaval, ets tu qui has d'escollir si argumentes o et dediques a dir tonteries.
Apa, adeu.
Re: Dear non-Portuguese speakers,
12 jul 2004
chema es un racista hijo de puta, de esos de la OAS a la española... colono de mierda!
Re: Dear non-Portuguese speakers,
12 jul 2004
que es la OAS?
Re: Dear non-Portuguese speakers,
12 jul 2004
no se que es la OAS, pero bueno, es cierto soy un racista hijo de puta, todo el mundo que me conoce sabe que lo soy, no estás descubriendo nada nuevo, pero tron, dime al menos que significa OAS?
Re: Dear non-Portuguese speakers,
12 jul 2004
Ademas de racista, ignorante. Tienes unos prejuicios contra el catalán flipantes.
Re: Dear non-Portuguese speakers,
12 jul 2004
Que no te enganyen, chema, Alucinando y Mecha solo estan ahi para provocar... payasos!

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