With people from Belém united to the Ukraine Palace, Marcelo Rebe de Sousa heard thanks for his words about the Russian invasion and the promise that it will be free.
With nightfall, it was in shades of blue and yellow – the colors of Ukraine – with many words of thanks against the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, the Ukrainian anthem sung more than once and many times to Portugal that ended the rally that brought together Portuguese and Ukrainians in front of the Belém Palace, in Lisbon, in a joint and solidary way for peace in Ukraine.
A long one that started with a small human cord in the Restelo area, next to the statue of Taras Schechenko – a poet or skull that is the symbol of that country’s resistance – was expression, size and cores to the garden in front of the route. to the country Presidency of the Republic.
“Stop Putin”, “Putin terrorist”, “Stop War”, “Assassin, leave Ukraine alone”, “Putin, take your hands off Ukraine” and “Save Ukraine = Save Europe” were some phrases that could be hands from Ukraine to read in the hands of the protesters, who were still carrying flags, balloons and flowers to call for an end to the war in Ukraine.
With traffic controlling in front of the Belém Palace, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa arrived about an hour after the protesters were concentrated in that area and, in his own car, stopped and greeted Pavlo Sadokha, President of the Association of Ukrainians in Portugal, who all afternoon wore a Ukrainian flag behind his back.
After a loud round of applause for the head of state, the protesters shouted “stop Putin” while Marcelo greeted those present, on the other side of the garden, and heard from Pavlo Sadokha a “thank you very much Mr President” for all the support he gave the people. Ukrainian.
“Have you seen the color of your flag?”, ifá the President of the Republic while pointing to the walls of the palace with the Ukrainian colors projected.
The president of the Association of Ukrainians in Portugal waved, but immediately because he was thanking Marcelo.
“It was very strong that day, when the war began, as his first words said that all Portugal and all the Portuguese were with the Ukrainians and with Ukraine. Our soldiers will continue to defend our country and I guarantee that they will not surrender and that Ukraine will be free, just like Portugal and we will be two free countries on both sides of Europe”, said Pavlo Sadokha, moved.
The President of the Republic, the words of invasion by the population and the solidarity of the Portuguese people with the Crane people.
“Throughout our history we are moments like this, throughout the centuries. We are a very, very old nation and ours, too, are the situations in which our freedom is fundamental against the fundamental principles of law and the Portuguese people resisted, and their international freedom”, he recalled.
Marcelo praised the “very militant struggle” that the Ukrainians are doing for their, for their homeland, territory and for the right to decide their own destiny.
“What I wanted to say here is that there is also a word to give to Ukrainians living in Portugal. It is an exceptional community, which has contributed to democracy, freedom, peace, the creation of wealth in our country, which has the most important functions of a social nature”, he praised.
After addressing the journalists, Marceles took to the street and briefly greeted the demonstrators present, gave a hug to a child to mobilize and then followed, along the ramp of the Palácio de Belém, while the concentration began to des.