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The draft of the blocking motion, signed by Catarina Martins, Pedro Filipe Soares and Marisa Matias, was sent to the militants. The party’s convention is scheduled for May 22 and 23.

Not text Coming out of the crisis, tackling inequality, Bloco de Esquerda stresses that it was right when it voted against the State Budget for 2021, in an attempt to prevent the PS from following a “continuity” policy.

Now, some of the priorities – such as strengthening the National Health Service (SNS), social protection, labor rights – as well as some issues related to “public investment for employment” and “climate transition”, will dictate “approximations or distances from the Government ”, advances the Block, cited by the Express.

Thus, the party warns the PS against choosing a “centrist street“, A“ recreation of a tactic that we have seen fail in countless countries ”. “An alternation without an alternative is sought and social advances are excluded from the dialogue on the left.”

The criticisms of the Left Bloc also extended to the President, which on the right “comforts” the PS; and to PCP and the PAN, which more to the left “legitimize” Government policy.

Against this backdrop, the blockers write, “there is only the blackmail left over from the loss of power to the radicalized right.” The Block then wants to present itself as the “guarantee of a left alternative“And a defender of the old contraption,” which the PS has moved away from and which he did not want to reissue “.

“There is no democratic fate that gives the radicalized right a destiny of power. On the contrary, it can be defeated if the power of the alternatives on the left succeeds in responding to the majority and to the sectors most penalized in the crisis ”, the text reads.

For the “exit from the crisis”, there are answers such as the bet on “strong public policies” to solve housing problems, control strategic companies, guarantee a “fair transition” in the fight against climate change or modernize backward sectors of the economy.

The process of preparing for municipal elections is also covered in the document. The party makes it clear that will not make pre-election coalitions with PS and PSD, only with leftist forces.

“The Bloc presents its own lists, open to the participation of independent candidates and will not form coalitions with the right-wing parties and the Socialist Party”, reads the text prepared by Catarina Martins, Marisa Matias and Pedro Filipe Soares.

The party then admits to participating in left majorities in the various municipalities, post-elections, which include guarantees on “fundamental measures”.

The text of the motion was sent to the militants on Thursday and will now be discussed in the preparatory work until the convention, scheduled for 22 and 23 May, in Porto.

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