The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, said this Saturday that “whoever is in the circle dances” when asked by journalists about the absence of his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro, from the reopening ceremony of the Portuguese Language Museum in São Paulo.
”I only answer for Portugal. I really like what is said in Minho which is: dance who is in the circle. I’m in this roda, I’m very happy to be in this circle and in this dance. This is a dance that thinks about the future of the Portuguese language and of 260 million people. This for me is the most important”, he said.
The Portuguese President of the Republic was speaking during the joint press conference with several personalities, including the President of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, and the Governor of the State of São Paulo, João Dória, who did not spare his criticism of the Brazilian President.
Jair Bolsonaro was the most notable absence at the ceremony to which, according to the governor, all former presidents of Brazil were invited, but only Michel Temer and Fernando Henrique Cardoso were present.
According to the local press, Bolsonaro, with whom Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa should meet on Monday, in Brasília, is in the State of São Paulo, at a concentration of motorcycles, in the city of Presidente Prudente.
During the press conference in which, in João Dória’s words, the Portuguese President had to answer two questions considered in Brazilian slang as a “fair skirt”, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also rejected the idea of an alleged “war” between the two countries motivated by the refusal of some Portuguese writers to use the spelling agreement.
“There is no war between Portugal and Brazil, simply in Portugal there is democracy and the opinion on the agreement is free and it is free to adopt or not the agreement”, he said, recalling that this is not a unique case of Portugal and that there are countries like Angola that have not ratified the protocol on writing of the Portuguese language.
For the Portuguese head of state, it is also in this plurality that “the wealth” of the Portuguese-speaking community resides.
“Our language is made up of democracy in speaking and writing”, he stressed.
For Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, “if there are 100 million who speak and write Portuguese in a certain way, they will probably be more bearers of the future than 10 million”, he said, referring to the populations of Portugal and Brazil.
The reopening ceremony of the Museum of the Portuguese Language, awarded by Portugal with the Camões medal, marks the second day of the official visit to Brazil of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who has scheduled a meeting with representatives of the Portuguese community at the Casa de Portugal today. in Sao Paulo.