Chega scheduled for Thursday a sit-in at the prime minister’s official residence, in Lisbon, against the government’s measures to control the pandemic, after the Supreme Administrative Court ruled that they are not unconstitutional.
The Supreme Administrative Court (STA) ruled in favor of the Government in two urgent summons, presented by the president of Chega, André Ventura, and by a group of citizens, against measures to restrict movement to and from the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML) , told the Lusa agency the executive’s source on Sunday night.
According to the same Government source, the STA “concluded that the measures do not suffer from unconstitutionality, have the due legal support and respect the principle of proportionality”.
In reaction to this decision, André Ventura said he received the decision “with astonishment”, especially after “reactions from the Bar Association and the President of the Republic in a certain sense, in relation to these restrictions of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area and the restrictions which are being imposed again on the various economic sectors”.
“It is with disbelief, although we also have to point out the existence of a losing vote that raises doubts about the constitutionality of some of the rules under which the Government applies these restrictions”, he also stated, in statements to Lusa agency.
Pointing out that “the extraordinary injustice that this decision entails for commerce, for industry, for citizens and for restaurants, for tourism” the leader of Chega announced that the party “will promote a major concentration on Thursday afternoon. next to the prime minister’s official residence, in Lisbon, to protest against these restrictions, against the destruction of the economy, against the way this pandemic is being managed”.
According to the deputy, this decision “is not appealable” and the “only possibility is the appeal to the Constitutional Court to assess this unconstitutionality of the measures”.
Recognizing that Chega “cannot do it alone due to the inexistence of the number of deputies”, André Ventura challenged the PSD to ask for this inspection.
“We understand that it is of the most elementary justice that these decisions that are strangling trade, the economy and that are increasing unemployment, increasing bankruptcies, that can be questioned before the Constitutional Court and the challenge to the PSD is done”, stressed.
But for Chega, the fight will now “become political”.