João Ferreira, presidential candidate with the support of the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP), criticized Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa this Monday, accusing the current President of the Republic of having subjected young people to an increased vulnerability in the workplace.
“The President of the Republic is not a government but has competences that are essential. I see myself completely in what is contained in the Constitution. In recent years, Marcelo's action has made young people more vulnerable, for example by extending the trial period. Governments have not governed according to the Constitution ”, considered the current MEP in an interview with TVI.
The candidate with the support of the communists to Belém criticized the current State of Emergency (EdE) decreed by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, stressing that it is not possible to conclude that the EdE "has an impact in reducing the number of infected people". “Anyone who thinks that a pandemic is only fought with individual citizens' responsibility, is mistaken. The National Health Service must be strengthened, we have waited too long to strengthen the screening teams. EEDs serve as a smokescreen for what is not being done ”.
Asked about the need to organize the PCP congress in the middle of the EdE, João Ferreira considered that “there were plenty of reasons” to hold this PCP congress: “Many workers had to go to work that weekend, many of them without conditions in the public transport. The PCP could not put itself in the privileged status and not discuss the country's situation. It is proof that life has to go on but no one has devalued sanitary measures. There has to be someone who cares about the conditions of the workers ”.