Controversy in Portugal over the president’s sexist comment about a young woman’s cleavage

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Several political parties in Portugal reacted this Sunday to statements made on Friday by the country’s president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousaabout a young woman’s cleavage during a visit to Canada, which went viral this weekend.

The scene, captured by television cameras, occurred in Toronto (Canada) on Friday when Rebelo de Sousa was taking a walk through the “Little Portugal” neighborhood to meet members of the Portuguese community in the North American country.

There was a point when the Portuguese president stopped to talk with a mother and daughter, and said to them with sarcasm: “The daughter is prettier than the mother. Your daughter is still going to catch the flu, haven’t you seen what her neckline looks like?”

The video of that moment has gone viral and the criticism against the 74-year-old Portuguese head of state has not stopped intensifying.

One of the founders of the environmental party Livre, Rui Tavares, said this Sunday in statements to the newspaper Publico that these comments do not represent the duty of a president of the Republic to “defend the right of the people to their autonomy and to respect the elections.” of his fellow citizens”. He considered that with the words of Rebelo de Sousa “ends up placing a fellow citizen in a position that she did not choose and that is most likely uncomfortable.”

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