Inês de Medeiros says statements about social neighborhood were out of context

The Mayor of Almada said today that her statements about Bairro Amarelo came in response to a question asked by Bloco de Esquerda (BE), considering that they were decontextualized due to the "approach of the elections".

Inês de Medeiros

“I am well aware that, as municipal elections approach, the temptation to systematically decontextualize statements that are answers to concrete questions or questions is great, and from there draw conclusions that do not correspond to the initial meaning of the words”, said Inês de Medeiros (PS), in a post made on his Facebook page.

A autarca tem estado no centro de uma polémica e de várias críticas por ter afirmado em reunião de câmara, na segunda-feira, que não se importaria de ir viver para o Bairro Amarelo, localizado no concelho, no distrito de Setúbal, devido à “vista maravilhosa”.

However, Inês de Medeiros published a video with this moment and pointed out that “the question of the location of some of the social neighborhoods in Almada comes in response to the direct interpretation made by BE”, which said: “we yearn for projects aimed at people and that are also in beautiful spots, that are not ghettos ”.

In this sense, the president also guaranteed that “nothing that was discussed minimizes the concern” of the Câmara de Almada about the “social situation that is experienced in some of these neighborhoods”, where there are precarious housing.

A situação teve mais visibilidade depois de a deputada do BE e vereadora em Almada, Joana Mortágua, ter partilhado o excerto de um vídeo no Twitter com a afirmação de Inês de Medeiros, criticando também a aprovação de um hotel de cinco estrelas no Porto Brandão, em Almada.

The Lusa agency tried to contact Inês de Medeiros and Joana Mortágua, but so far it has not been possible to obtain statements.

Em declarações à Lusa, vereador do PSD Nuno Matias, que tem o pelouro dos Espaços Verdes, Ambiente e Energia também concordou que se trata de uma “afirmação descontextualizada num conjunto de afirmações feitas em reunião de câmara”.

"I think that the issue of sight was out of context because whoever hears the words of the president and the meeting [can see that] even had other approaches and questions from other mayors", he defended.

Even so, Nuno Matias, who is also president of the PSD of Almada, stressed that, for the party, “the most important thing is not the view, but the living conditions of those people”.

“The important thing is not the view because it cannot be the object of requalification, it is the work that has to be done on the side of the central administration, or of the city council, so that the neighborhoods can have a real requalification plan that can give more dignity to the life of those people ”, he stressed.

Neste sentido, Nuno Matias indicou que ao longo dos últimos meses “tem havido um trabalho para que seja feita a criação de um regulamento de atribuição de habitações especiais, na identificação de fogos para requalificar e no âmbito do programa 1.º Direito, para o desenvolvimento de um programa de construção de habitação em Almada”.

Já o vereador comunista Joaquim Judas disse à Lusa que se tratou de uma afirmação “sem ponderar exatamente quais as interpretações”.

“The mayor is known for her sometimes vague statements, which mix a certain populism with some authoritarian attitudes that also characterize her. He is in the same vein as he had done a few years ago, saying that living in Campo de Ourique he would always come to the Câmara de Almada de Cacilheiro, but, as experience has shown, this had neither feet nor heads ”, he mentioned.

In this sense, he indicated that the PCP “did not value” this statement, inserting it “in what is the style and way of being of the president”.

"At this moment, our desire and what we have been working on, even in the opposition, is to maintain a strong intervention in the housing area, responding to people's needs and taking advantage of what the new framework is," he said.

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