António Costa accused of ‘fraud’ in ‘liberating Portugal so close to elections’

ANTÓNIO COSTA ACCUSED OF ‘FRAUD’ IN ‘LIBERATING PORTUGAL SO CLOSE TO ELECTIONSPM António Costa has been accused of ‘fraud’ in ‘liberating Portugal to close to the municipal elections’(taking place on September 26th).

The criticism came from Chega MP André Ventura, in the throes of ‘electioneering’ initiatives carrying on up and down the country.

The right wing politician famous for ‘not pulling his punches’ told a political rally in Albufeira this week: “It looks like we’re living in a Wonderland that will be receiving millions from Europe and that Covid has disappeared…

“Suddenly and miraculously, 20-odd days before the municipal elections, there are no more admissions to hospital; the evening news bulletins don’t open with numbers of dead from Covid-19…(This is) one of the biggest political frauds in recent times”, he railed – warning “sooner or later” the Portuguese public will pay dearly for this decision.

“António Costa is very skillful, and has in fact achieved this extraordinary thing, which is, luckily for the Socialist Party, just when the elections that interest him start to arrive.

“Suddenly people are talking about no longer having to wear a mask, restaurants can reopen, sectors can all function … no one is interested any more in the Rt number, even less in incidence levels, mortality – or hospital admissions”, the MP continued.

Elsewhere, television reports have indeed been broadcasting the fact that the law governing the wearing of masks in the open air (‘in the street, when physical distancing is not possible’) is unlikely to be renewed when it ‘lapses’ on September 12.

Chega’s criticism wasn’t limited to the prime minister however: it rounded on PSD parliamentary leader Rui Rio and his CDS counterpart Francisco Rodrigues dos Santos – accusing both for having ‘withered’ the strength of opposition to the point their parties have no hope of wrestling back power. 

Neither leader has “done his job”, he claimed.

For the many citizens who feel politicians across the board have let them down, it was ‘rabble rousing’ stuff: vintage Ventura – winding up with habitual bravado: Chega is the only party that “can guarantee a right-wing government”, Ventura thundered: the road to success starts with these local elections, in which the party is fielding hundreds of candidates.

André Ventura’s ‘appeal’ is Chega’s trump card: he is still the personification of the little party. But what he said in Albufeira wasn’t ‘just political’: there may have been some truth in his warnings.

Today, the Portuguese Lung Foundation (Fundação Portuguesa do Pulmão) is also saying it is “premature to abandon the obligation to use a mask for respiratory protection, and other measures of individual protection against propagation of the Covid-19 pandemic”.

In a statement sent to Lusa, the institution warns: “In spite of undisputable progress we have made in the combat of the present pandemic, especially following the success of the vaccination campaign, the respective epidemiological situation advises that a robust level of preventative measures should be maintained”.

Says SIC today, “the foundation maintains that the Delta variant with a capacity for contagion 60% higher than previously, and knowledge that the vaccine is not effective enough to completely prevent either infection or transmission of the virus, justify further measures”.

The institution highlights as “non-reassuring” factors:

  • Portugal’s continued high level of case incidence (310 cases per 100,000 inhabitants
  • a weekly average in the last week of 2,317 new cases
  • an elevated number of active cases (currently standing at 43,957)
  • a “still very expressive death” level of death (last week’s average of 11 deaths per day)
  • and ditto above for hospital admissions (last count: 695 people in infirmaries, 140 in intensive care units).

Bottom line, says the foundation, it is ineed too soon to remove the rules about mask wearing in public spaces – and they definitely should not be relaxed in indoor situations.

Written by natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

Article by kind permission of the Portugal Resident

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-2 #19 Stuart Wood 2021-09-11 08:11
Quoting David:
The Mainstream (legacy, soon to be defunct) media are currently trying to paint the 'unvaccinated as a threat to the rest of society. How is that different to this?:

"Nazi ideology focused on the idea that Germany’s "racial purity" was under attack from the "blood of weaker peoples," and Nazi propaganda often depicted Jews, political opponents, and others as parasitic organisms that threatened the overall health of the so-called Volksgemeinschaft (German racial community).1 During the years of the Nazi regime, German doctors frequently argued that Jews spread disease. Reflecting common themes in Nazi propaganda, these medical professionals repeatedly pushed the false claim that Jews were especially responsible for outbreaks of typhus—a deadly contagious disease spread by lice."
https://perspectives.ushmm.org/item/jews-are-lice-they-cause-typhus


The cuckoo is out of the clock... bring back Sparky!
+2 #18 Chip 2021-09-07 14:29
Quoting David:
The Mainstream (legacy, soon to be defunct) media are currently trying to paint the 'unvaccinated as a threat to the rest of society. How is that different to this?:

"Nazi ideology focused on the idea that Germany’s "racial purity" was under attack from the "blood of weaker peoples," and Nazi propaganda often depicted Jews, political opponents, and others as parasitic organisms that threatened the overall health of the so-called Volksgemeinschaft (German racial community).1 During the years of the Nazi regime, German doctors frequently argued that Jews spread disease. Reflecting common themes in Nazi propaganda, these medical professionals repeatedly pushed the false claim that Jews were especially responsible for outbreaks of typhus—a deadly contagious disease spread by lice."
https://perspectives.ushmm.org/item/jews-are-lice-they-cause-typhus

The difference is that nobody is sending anti vaxxers like you to the gas chambers. Tempting though it may be.
+3 #17 Chip 2021-09-07 14:25
Quoting Steve:
We won't give up on you Chip.

You can waste your time trying to impress me with your rants if you wish. I've given up on you.
+7 #16 Norman L 2021-09-07 11:54
Robin Monotti Graziadei. His enlightened recommendations for our health were linked by David a few threads ago. I was sure you would know him.
-5 #15 Steve 2021-09-07 09:23
Quoting Norman L:

When did we ever take advice from architects - Monotti - about our health? Seriously.
Who's Monotti? I don't have a reason to distrust architects but politicians, they lie for a living.
-5 #14 Steve 2021-09-07 09:21
Quoting Brook:

NO NONSENSE David,
If you believe in these conspiracy theories about vitamin supplements preventing you from contracting covid-19,
Brook vitamin D will boost your immune system, so it will help you prevent getting sick including contracting Covid. Have you ever wondered why so many people, in fact the great majority, recover from Covid or flu without treatment? It is because their immune system is strong enough to fight infection with or without supplements.
+5 #13 Brook 2021-09-06 18:05
Quoting Steve:
Quoting Brook:
David,

The investigation also discovered that all of the eleven conspiracy groups had set up online businesses selling the vitamins which they claimed would prevent covid-19.

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from David.
Database of 101 studies all vitamin D COVID-19 studies. Sufficiency studies analyze outcomes based on vitamin D levels, confounding factors may be significant. Treatment studies directly analyze the effect of vitamin D treatment.
https://c19vitamind.com/

Did Mr conspiracy investigator also found that 101 studies were done so that the scientists could setup websites to sell vitamin D? Stop spreading nonsense Brook. You can buy vitamin D in Aldi.

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NO NONSENSE David,
If you believe in these conspiracy theories about vitamin supplements preventing you from contracting covid-19, Well, you won't take any chances in buying something from a supermarket, you will want the vitamins from the person that is giving this fantastical advice, because, and wait for this, there is a certain measurement of each vitamin, that you must take and you are informed also that there are brands to look out for, just like the brands on these sites ...
+8 #12 Norman L 2021-09-06 16:11
Quoting Steve:
Quoting Chip:
Once again I find myself in full agreement with you Brook.
And of course Norman always talks sense.

Perhaps you should both give up on David and Steve. I doubt they believe the trash they promote on here, trolls never do, but if they really do believe they need more than vitamins to sort themselves out.
We won't give up on you Chip. One day you'll realise that the "trash" I post is actually factual information. One thing you need to start doing though is stop watching news on telly. And also realise once a someone lies to you ie politicians you should be very cautious with everything they say. Seriously when did we ever take advice from a politician about our health?



When did we ever take advice from architects - Monotti - about our health? Seriously.
-6 #11 Steve 2021-09-06 11:43
Quoting Chip:
Once again I find myself in full agreement with you Brook.
And of course Norman always talks sense.

Perhaps you should both give up on David and Steve. I doubt they believe the trash they promote on here, trolls never do, but if they really do believe they need more than vitamins to sort themselves out.
We won't give up on you Chip. One day you'll realise that the "trash" I post is actually factual information. One thing you need to start doing though is stop watching news on telly. And also realise once a someone lies to you ie politicians you should be very cautious with everything they say. Seriously when did we ever take advice from a politician about our health?
+6 #10 Norman L 2021-09-05 20:02
Quoting David:
The Mainstream (legacy, soon to be defunct) media are currently trying to paint the 'unvaccinated as a threat to the rest of society. How is that different to this?:

"Nazi ideology focused on the idea that Germany’s "racial purity" was under attack from the "blood of weaker peoples," and Nazi propaganda often depicted Jews, political opponents, and others as parasitic organisms that threatened the overall health of the so-called Volksgemeinschaft (German racial community).1 During the years of the Nazi regime, German doctors frequently argued that Jews spread disease. Reflecting common themes in Nazi propaganda, these medical professionals repeatedly pushed the false claim that Jews were especially responsible for outbreaks of typhus—a deadly contagious disease spread by lice."
https://perspectives.ushmm.org/item/jews-are-lice-they-cause-typhus


I don't need any lessons in history from you, David. I suggest you read a lot more to get a real sense of perspective and proportion, and then seriously reflect on whether any of that resembles the admittedly absolute horror of your suffering today.

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