“ANDI am aware that this year we celebrate April 25 in circumstanceThences very difficult for everyone due to the pandemic covid-19. But I have a huge admiration for the way the Portuguese are facing this adversity “, declares António Guterres, in a message released by the PS on the occasion of today’s celebrations of the 1974 democratic revolution.
In his message, the former PS leader (1992/2002) argues that “the maturity shown and the widespread commitment to the effort collective“in the fight against pandemic in covid-19 “are also a way to highlight and celebrate the April values”.
“From New York, I send a warm message on this 25th of April, in which we celebrate the revolution that brought freedom to Portugal and the Portuguese. The 25th of April 1974 represented the opening of a huge opportunity for the country and for our fellow citizens. “, says António Guterres.
The former prime minister (1995/2002) later mentions that the “Carnation Revolution” provided the country with the “possibility of civic participation and democratic coexistence in a rule of law, and the enjoyment of a wide range of civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural “.
Still on the consequences of April 25, 1974 in Portugal, over the past 46 years, António Guterres also highlights the progress “socioeconomic and the elevation of the Portuguese living standards, European integration and the fraternal relationship with the Portuguese speaking countries in a framework of sovereign equality “.
“Today we face new challenges related to globalization, European construction, populisms from different origins, climate threats, issues related to sustainability and the development model, among others. But it is also on the 25th of April that we can and must find inspiration to overcome them and continue to build an increasingly better, fairer and more prosperous country “, he adds.
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