The leader of the Liberal Initiative (IL), João Cotrim de Figueiredo, today accused the mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, of taking electorally favorable decisions and not according to the needs of the people.
“It’s a chamber that has closed in on itself and I think it partly has to do with the personality of President Fernando Medina, who doesn’t really like to listen to Lisboners and ends up making decisions according to what seems to him most popular, electorally more favorable, and not according to the real concerns of the people”, said Cotrim de Figueiredo.
The IL leader was speaking at the start of a municipal campaign action in the parishes of Areeiro and Arroios, an area that, in his opinion, “there is an obvious need to transform itself into a new centrality of Lisbon and resume the strength of trade that existed before the pandemic”.
The president of the liberals, accompanying the IL head of the list to the Lisbon Chamber, considered that Bruno Horta Soares will be the councilor who will best oppose Fernando Medina, the socialist mayor who, in his opinion, “does not like scrutiny”.
“Lisbon, as a whole, has not had a harmonious development, too much importance is given to issues that are not yet on the agenda. One topic that we think is important and that we generally support is the construction of cycle lanes, but many of them are built without due attention”, said Cotrim de Figueiredo, giving as an example the “controversial” cycle route on Avenida Almirante Reis, where the liberal street passed.
It was there that the president of Vizinhos de Arroios – Residents Association, Luís Castro, was heard to lament the accidents that have occurred on the Almirante Reis cycle path, namely “seven with ambulances” that use that lane to get around slow traffic. “Nobody is against mobility, but we are against nonsense”, he commented.
“A process was accelerated. […] The camera doesn’t hear these people”, criticized Bruno Horta Soares, with a shopkeeper whose daughter was run over by an ambulance on the bike path, questioning how it is possible to build a bike path that reduced car traffic to one lane in each direction, in an artery close to three hospitals.
Also in Praça de Londres, the starting point of the street that would end in the Estefânia area, with the presence of candidates for parish councils of Areeiro, António Manso, and Arroios, Cristina Nunes, the head of the list of IL pointed out some cross-cutting problems to all Lisbon parishes, namely parking and security, and focused on the issue of homeless people in the places he visited today.
“There is also a particular issue here, that of the homeless. […] in this parish [Areeiro] it’s a critical issue. We think the main challenge for a chamber is to have social support. […] Fernando Medina talks about housing for the middle class, but for us it doesn’t make sense to talk about housing for the middle class while people live on the street,” he said.
In addition to Bruno Horta Soares, Fernando Medina (PS/Livre coalition), Carlos Moedas (PSD/CDS-PP/PPM/MPT/Aliança), Beatriz Gomes Dias (BE), João Ferreira (PCP), Nuno Graciano (Enough), Manuela Gonzaga (PAN), Tiago Matos Gomes (Volt), João Patrocínio (Ergue-te), Bruno Fialho (PDR), Sofia Afonso Ferreira (We Citizens!) and Ossanda Líber (We Are All Lisbon Movement) ).