The leader of Chega revealed this Wednesday that he asked Vox for “clarification” about the map shared on social networks by the Spanish party, where he used an image of the Philippine dynasty to show Portugal annexed by Spain.
“We are in contact with Vox, we are asking for formal clarifications about this, because, regardless of the historical facts, it can affect relations between countries and between parties. What we hope this time is to obtain a complete clarification of why, regardless of the reasons . histories behind it “, stressed André Ventura.
Ventura spoke at Passos Perdidos, in the Assembly of the Republic, after having presented his re-candidacy to the party’s leadership, having pointed out that, with regard to the image shared by Vox, “facts” should be distinguished from “intentions”, advancing that the “facts are self-evident”.
“It’s about showing a map that reveals a historical period during the 17th century [Portugal foi anexado por Espanha entre 1580 e 1640], in which the Philippine dynasty is also dominating Portugal and, therefore, Portugal was, at that time, part of that Spanish domination “, stressed.
The leader of Chega said that, as it is a “historic fact” – “in which Portugal was living badly, and unfortunately, under Spanish rule” – the situation is different from that which occurred about a year ago, when the Vox had also already shared an image where a part of Portugal was annexed by Spain.
At the time, André Ventura had demanded an apology from the Spanish nationalist party – which will never go – recalling now that, after Vox was questioned on the subject when he was in Portugal, he made it clear that “it was a closed matter” and that “I didn’t even realize the extent of it at the time”.
Stressing that, currently, the situation is different, “because there is an institutional relationship” between the two parties – the leader of Chega was this weekend in Madrid, where he spoke at a Vox event -, André Ventura stated that, in this case, “there is no question of annexation nor any question of subtraction of territory”, contrary to what happened a year ago.
“This is a detailed historical period, but it could have been avoided, deviated from having been avoided, specifically because it is historically known that there is a very strong relationship between Portugal and Spain” on this matter, he indicated.
In this sense, the president of Chega said that he is trying to “know what happened and how it happened and, once these intentions are understood”, he will demand “naturally that this image be removed from circulation and that Vox does not sponsor the these situations, regardless of their historical nature”.
“We will demand clarification [e] we will again demand, if necessary, an apology because for us the territory is sacred and the Portuguese nation is sacred”, he indicated.
On Tuesday, Vox released a poster alluding to the Day of Hispanity, which was then commemorated, in which Portuguese territory is part of Spain, as are the former Portuguese colonies.
“Spain has a lot to celebrate and nothing to regret. On a day like today, 529 years ago, Columbus discovered America and began Hispanity, the greatest twinning work carried out by one in universal history,” stated the people who were party in message that accompanies the image posted on social networks.
In the center of the image is a map that marks in red former Spanish crown possessions around the world, including Portugal, all of Latin America, much of North America and the African coasts of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, including what is now Angola , Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique, among other countries.
At the top, a flag with Portuguese arms, beside the Spanish royal Philippine shield, during the 60-year period of Portugal’s annexation by Spain (1580-1640), in which Portuguese arms were part of the coat of arms of the Spanish crown.