The national president of the CDS-PP defended this Saturday in Santa Maria da Feira that political party consensus in Portugal is currently being “overvalued”, which he considers similar to the one-party model of the Salazar dictatorship.

I believe that today, in Portugal, consensus is highly valued and Salazar was the one who liked consensus very much, who believed that political parties were not even needed. There was only one, who believed that he brought together all the sensitivities“, said Francisco Rodrigues dos Santos, in the presentation of the municipal candidates to the municipality of Aveiro district.

The statements of the leader of the CDS-PP came about the parade commemorating the 47 years of the Carnation Revolution, organized by the 25 de Abril Association and which takes place on Sunday in Lisbon.

Initially, the organizers forbade participation in the Liberal Initiative parade, but, after criticism of “lack of political sensitivity” by the PS and other political structures, the association ended up backing down and opening the event to all interested parties.

Francisco Rodrigues dos Santos did not mention any parties or any other specific entities, but declared: “It is curious to see that, 47 years later, there are still those who think they own 25 de Abril and want freedom for themselves. It is still very strange that there are those who on the 25th of April, instead of opposing the ideological paternalism of some leftist forces, want to join them in the procession “.

Again without clearly identifying the entities from which he intended to demarcate himself, the popular leader continued. “At CDS we know which side we are on, who we have to represent and who our political opponents are. There is democracy only if there is a right that is not afraid to assert itself as such and that does not depend on the left to exist – nor does it want to affirm – if under the terms in which the left authorizes the right to exist “, he said.

Rodrigues dos Santos wants the country to “have full freedom”, but he argued that it also entails the right to be different.

We also want freedom for those who, like us, want to use it to free the country from socialism, which is responsible for more than 60% of our government experience and which has led Portugal to the greatest political failures in our history“, he advocated.

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