The secretary general of the PCP said today, in Santarém, that it is more important to know the objectives and criteria for the commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the April Revolution, whose definition awaits, than the name of the commissioner appointed by the Government.
Speaking to journalists during a visit to the National Agricultural Fair, which runs until Sunday in Santarém, Jerónimo de Sousa underlined that “the central question that is posed is what are the criteria, the objectives of this appointed name for commissioner and the commissioner structure itself that may exist”.
Stressing that there is still no knowledge of the objectives and criteria that will preside over the commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the April Revolution in 2024, the communist leader stressed that these must take into account “the process of freedom and democracy that was achieved with the 25th of April 74, its progressive transformations, the achievement of fundamental rights, freedoms and guarantees”.
“More than this or that person, what is essential is to know what you want to do with these 50 years of commemoration of April with all the political, economic, social and cultural significance that this act had”, he said, stressing that , “at the end of all these years, its values are still alive in the hearts and thoughts of the majority of the Portuguese”.
On May 27, the Council of Ministers approved the creation of a mission structure to organize the commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the 25th of April, which marks 2024, appointing Pedro Adão e Silva as executive commissioner.
Pedro Adão e Silva is an assistant professor in the department of political science and public policy at ISCTE, director of the Doctoral Program in Public Policy at the same institution and a commentator in various media such as TSF, RTP or Expresso. He was a member of the PS National Secretariat between 2002 and 2004, under the leadership of Ferro Rodrigues, and soon after abandoned party life.
In addition to the mission structure, a National Commission will work with the Presidency of the Republic, chaired by the former President of the Republic, Ramalho Eanes, which will have the responsibility of “approving the official program of the commemorations and the activity reports”.