Ascenso Simões considers that “our History needs to be decolonized”. Thus, he argues that the Monument to the Discoveries should have been “destroyed” and suggests that “there should have been blood” on April 25th, although not literally. Now, Chega confronts António Costa.
In view of the statements that the socialist deputy wrote in his opinion article in Público, Chega sent a letter to António Costa, as secretary general of the PS, asking him whether he maintains political confidence in the deputy to the Assembly of the Republic elected by the circle of Real Village.
“I wonder how a militant and deputy from the PS can write such aberrations without that same party coming out in public. Has the PS forgotten its role in the fight against the dictatorship? ”, Asks André Ventura’s chief of staff in Parliament, Nuno Afonso, who signs the letter.
In a text published last Friday entitled “Salazarism did not die”, Ascenso Simões talks about four cases that, in his perspective, represent “times of return to Portuguese mental Salazarism”.
So it refers to the creation of a museum in the dictator’s homeland, the defense of the idea of Portugal must intervene in the war situation in Cabo Delgado (Mozambique), the petition of Nova Portugalidade against the removal of the floral coats from Praça do Império, and the discussion about the contribution of Marcelino da Mata in the colonial war.
In this sense, the second vice president of Chega says he believes that Ascenso Simões’ comments have “Ashamed” the PS and it challenges the party to “repudiate” the deputy’s attitude, taking into account “its historical weight in Portuguese democracy”.
The Chega leader considers that this is a “dangerous” attitude by the deputy, warning that “wanting to rewrite history is not democratic; knowing how to live with him, yes, it is ”.
Nuno Afonso leaves a challenge to António Costa: “It remains for me to question the PS whether political confidence in a militant and deputy who shows contempt for the history of Portugal, for the men and women who built the nation that we have today, will remain, although it is not perfect – neither is it – it is the result of our evolution as a people ”.