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Ria Formosa islanders pushed out 'to make way for tourist developments'

riaformosaThe Portuguese Communist Party’s Algarve divisional office stated today that the recent demolition notices sent to 22 Ria Formosa islanders has nothing at all to do with, ‘defending the environment.’

The new administrative seizures, planned by Polis Litoral Ria Formosa as precursors to the demolition of yet more houses in the settlements of Farol and Hangars, "has as its ultimate objective, in the name of defending environmental values, to gradually expel the local communities from the Ria Formosa islands, to deliver this valuable territory to the interests of economic groups, as indeed happens along much of the Algarve’s coast."

In a statement sent to newsrooms today, the Algarve Communists state that "it is necessary to say – enough!" to the process initiated by the last coalition Government and which is being continued by the current Socialist Party Government.

"It is wrong for the Socialist Party and its government not to recognise the villages of the Ria Formosa islands and their economic, social and cultural value," state the Communists who accuse the Socialist Party of behaving badly and continuing to posture, depending on the electoral cycle, saying one thing in the Algarve and then doing the opposite in parliament.

The public can draw their own conclusions as, "despite the various promises of redevelopment and investment in these areas, the only tangible thing that has actually gone ahead has been the demolitions.”

The Algarve Communists reaffirm their commitment to the people of the Ria Formosa islands and will, "support their legitimate struggle to defend the right to live and work in the Ria Formosa," adding that they will continue to intervene "at all levels and in a coherent way, be it in the Algarve or in parliament."

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking, with more administrative seizures scheduled for the end of this month, more court petitions planned by those islanders who can afford it and the promise by the President of the Republic that he will be keeping an eye on developments.


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0 #6 Denby 2018-02-09 21:12
Thanks Mike !!
+1 #5 Ed 2018-02-09 10:08
Quoting Denby:
Can you let us know where we can read about "government been taken to court for wildlife negligence" please.

25 JANUARY 2018. Search for:
European Court awaits as Portugal fails to protect Natura 2000 habitats
-1 #4 Denby 2018-02-09 09:34
Can you let us know where we can read about "government been taken to court for wildlife negligence" please.
+2 #3 Mike Jones 2018-02-09 08:42
Tragically ironic that Portugal has zero reputation in Brussels for protecting and enhancing its wildlife species, being so negligent Portugal is being taken to Court at the moment - yet is here claiming this is the motive.
Why do we hear no more mention from the Communists and other lefties of "Lets do something we have never done before ....have a 'Venezuela type Revolution'. Turning the old order out onto the streets". But is this for more evolved countries and still too far in the future for Portugal?
+4 #2 Peter Booker 2018-02-08 08:54
The PCP has at least recognised that the agent is Polis Littoral, but the driving force behind these demolitions is the government of Portugal, and I suspect that the President of the Republic has zero power to intervene.

In a way, this activity is similar to the imposition of tolls on the motorway and the oil-drilling programme. In spite of enormous evidence of the unpopularity of these moves, the government expresses shock and horror, and Prime Minister Costa keeps on smiling and is terrifically concerned, and then does nothing to prevent them.
+5 #1 nogin the nog 2018-02-07 18:28
shame the Government cant put as much effort into preventing and controlling the fires and pollution tipped into our rivers :-*

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