At a press conference in Passos Perdios, in the Portuguese Parliament, Andre Ventura again took up the photo that Vox shared on social media, to celebrate Hispanic Day, using an image of the Philippine dynasty, when Portugal was annexed by Spain. .
After saying on Wednesday that he had asked for clarification from the Spanish party, Chega leader said today that his Vox counterpart Santiago Abascal told him that the joint photo “conforms to a historical fact” from the 17th century – Portugal was annexed to Spain. Between 1580 and 1640 – which wants to convey the “idea of unity”, while maintaining “the utmost respect for Portuguese sovereignty, history and culture”.
“The message we intend to convey is that which Santiago Abascal conveyed in Lisbon, by my side, at the end of the Chega campaign: that Portugal and Spain are stronger, and stronger, when they are together, and not when they are apart,” pressed.
Andre Ventura also added that Santiago Abascal told him that the alliance between Vox and Chega is a “deep, structural and structured alliance” that “nothing will break.”
“This alliance must be preserved, it is unbreakable and will continue to bear political fruit, no matter which European group each of us belongs to,” Ventura said, referring to the fact that Shiga belongs to the Identity and Democracy (ID) group, while Vox belongs to To the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).
The Chega leader also alluded to the fact that, last year, he requested an apology from Vox – which he never received – after the party also shared a photo of Portugal being annexed to Spain, stating that “in particular that, this time, there was clarification In view of the close relationship that exists between the two parties.
On Tuesday, Vox released a poster alluding to Spaniards Day, which is commemorated as Portuguese territory is part of Spain, as are the former Portuguese colonies.
In a message, the party said: “Spain has much to celebrate and nothing to regret. On a day like today, 529 years ago, Columbus discovered America and began as Hispanic, the greatest act of twinning by a people in world history.” Accompanying the photo posted on social networks.
In the center of the image is a map showing the possessions of the former Spanish crown in red around the world, including Portugal, all of Latin America, most of North America, and the African coasts of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, including what is now Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique among other countries.
Above, a flag with Portuguese arms, next to the Spanish Philippine Royal Shield, during the 60-year period of Portugal’s annexation of Spain (1580-1640), in which Portuguese arms were part of the coat of arms of the Spanish Crown.
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