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Block presents candidate to Lisbon (and opens the door to agreement with PS)

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António Cotrim / Lusa

The Bloco de Esquerda presented Beatriz Gomes Dias’s candidacy to the Lisbon City Council, asked for “more strength” to determine the city’s governance and opened the door to new understandings with the PS in the municipal Executive.

According to the Observer, the coordinator of the Block, Catarina Martins, introduced the candidate Beatriz Gomes Dias, saying that she had known her “for a long time” in that room and as a “black woman, anti-racist activist, who believes in a city for everyone ”.

“I am still, and above all, a black woman. The reality is that racism and sexism continue to determine the place we collectively occupy, ”said the candidate.

“The new Lisbon that we want to build is based on five main pillars, which will be the priorities of our program: 1) respond to the social crisis; 2) guarantee the right to housing; 3) fight for the climate e change mobility; 4) combat inequalities and defend full equality; 5) guarantee the right to cultural creation and enjoyment“, Pointed out Beatriz Gomes Dias.

“It is necessary to continue to make a difference and have free public transport, starting now with people who are unemployed. Moving forward with free public transport is a strong measure that attacks the two crises that we are experiencing: the social crisis and the climate emergency ”, pointed out the candidate.

Beatriz Gomes Dias said that “this is the opposite path to the right“, Remembering that the PSD candidate Carlos Moedas was part of the Government that increased the price of public transport and that prepared the privatization of Metro and Carris.

In the scope of work in Lisbon, the candidate highlighted how measures implemented healthy meals in public schools, school textbooks free, the regulation of local accommodation and investment in support for homeless people.

Manuel Grilo, councilor who replaced Ricardo Robles, referred to the first experience in the executive of a large city council to assure: “We showed that we know how to rule, what we make a difference in people’s lives when we have the power to change politics ”.

Thus, the Bloc promises to do more if it has “more strength” – if it elects more councilors.

“If there is one thing that the experience of the last four years has shown, it is that the agreement we reached would not have been possible had the Block not had the votes it had. The Block has shown that it has a program and that it has the capacity to govern ”, guaranteed Beatriz Gomes Dias, adding that the party “Does not close the door” to new understandings.

Maria Campos Maria Campos, ZAP // Lusa

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