Statement by Paulo Raimundo, General Secretary of the PCP, Demonstration of solidarity with the Palestinian people

It's been 6 months of genocide. The government must side with the Palestinian people and demand an immediate ceasefire and recognise the Palestinian State

Peace needs more than these gestures, but these gestures are fundamental. This is yet another action among the hundreds of actions that have been carried out in the country so far. We cannot fail to take into account that tomorrow marks six months of an ongoing massacre, of an ongoing genocide. Six months, it seems like 40 years, but it’s been six months of death, massacre, genocide that has to stop.

And it is necessary to stop from the outset these actions. But by doing something as simple as complying with United Nations resolutions, whether those that are 30, 40, 50 years old, or those adopted very recently, those that call for a permanent ceasefire. And it is also necessary to give political signals. The new government that has been sworn in and will take office must assume its role.

What will be its stand in view of this ongoing genocide? Whether it will continue to support those who are causing this genocide or whether it will do what must be done, which is once and for all, stand alongside the Palestinian people and force to end this massacre, this war.

And there is another issue that is also a political signal. Which is, once and for all, the Portuguese State recognising the Palestinian State. We tabled this same proposal in the Assembly of the Republic so that the Assembly, yet again, after having done so in 2011, through our initiative, once again approve this resolution that forces the Portuguese State to recognise the Palestinian State. It doesn't solve the problem, but it is a sign of significant importance at this moment in time.

We will not give up being present, encouraging, pushing this urgent appeal to the limit of our strength, for an immediate ceasefire to save lives, to put an end to this martyrdom, this genocide that has already claimed the lives of more than 30,000 people in Palestine, the vast majority of them children and women.

This has to end. It is necessary to put an end to hypocrisy and cynicism, which is what has marked this entire situation internationally, but also here in our country.

  • Soberania, Política Externa e Defesa
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  • Palestina