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Military admit harden manifestations of discontent and has scored a national meeting to October 22.
The National Association of Sergeants (ANS) today reacted to the new austerity measures announced yesterday by the Government and that will be part of the State Budget for 2012.
The economy, President of the NSA says that “long ago” that the military is “to prepare a series of initiatives.” And “if there was any doubt in the minds of gullible, claims Passos Coelho lay down any doubt.”
Antonio Coelho Lima recalled that “months ago, in opposition, Passos Coelho said Socrates, prime minister at the time, to cut subsidies was nonsense,” adding: “We have to have memory, we can not remain dormant in well spoken conversations. ”
So in the next 22 days, officers, sergeants and soldiers will hold a national meeting. “And this is not a meeting that ends in itself, as can be found other ways, whether to demonstrate whether they are unwell to reiterate the availability to those in power to find solutions to all parties,” Antonio Lima Coelho notes.
And that, according to the official, the new austerity measures announced yesterday by Passos Coelho, “undermine the constitutional rights of sovereignty and even” the country, where “the cutting of subsidies is an aggravation of a situation that was already very difficult “.
“Revolutions do not announce”
Antonio Lima Coelho admits that “for ordinary people is very difficult to fail to meet their commitments, but to a soldier who is obliged to comply with the laws of the Republic is much more serious.”
The military thus ensure that “serve the Portuguese people and not private institutions,” and warns, “Let no one dare to think that the armed forces can be used in the repression of social upheaval that these measures may cause.”
Asked about a possible hardening of the protests by the military, the Association adds that “revolutions do not announce themselves when they come, they come because they have arrived, but I hope the good of the rule of law ever such a scenario will be put “he concludes.
Recall that last month Passos Coelho was keen to stress in the speech he chose for the closing session of the Party of the People in Campo Maior, that “in Portugal, there are right to protest, no right to strike. These are rights that are enshrined in the Constitution and who have earned widespread consensus in Portugal. ”
However, at the time warned the prime minister, “those who think they can shake things up in order to turn the period we are living in a war with the government,” when there is “a war against the delay, the debt and waste, “they” know what we know to talk, but we also know to decide. “