A report on right-wing extremism in Europe published on Monday marks Chega’s political “normalization” in 2020 and warns of the “possibility of radicalizing the forms of protest by the Portuguese extreme right”.
“The infiltration of the extreme right in protests for better living conditions, as is the case with small and medium-sized entrepreneurs, is expected to continue. And in this case, with the worsening social and economic crisis, it is not possible to rule out the possibility of radicalization in the form of protests by the Portuguese extreme right ”, warns the report“ State of Hatred – Right-Wing Extremism in Europe ”.
The Portuguese part of this report, which describes the situation in several countries of the European Union, but also in Eastern Europe, comes from two journalists investigating the far right, Ricardo Cabral Fernandes and Filipe Teles, who warn of the risk of that the extreme right will seek to “exploit the discontent, frustration and resentment of the socio-economic crisis caused by measures taken to contain the Covid-19 pandemic”.
For example, they argue what began in 2020, the year the country experienced the crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, when Chega organized a demonstration against pedophilia that “opened the door to the mobilization of the far right” organized by Negacionist movements “for the truth”.
“The protests started with a few dozen participants, but they can already bring a few hundred people together,” says the text.
The report aims to present the area and issues that study the radical right and the extreme right and was commissioned by three non-governmental organizations, HOPE not hasse (UK), Expo from Sweden and Amadeu António Foundation from Germany.
In Portugal, six groups linked to the extreme right are identified. Chega is identified as a right-wing populist, as Ergue-te (ex-PNR) of the extreme right, the groups Escudo Indentitário and Associação Portugueses Primeiro are considered identitarians, Hammer Skin neo-Nazis and Movimento Zero, a non-organic movement in the police force, is considered right-wing extremists Populists defined.
Also noteworthy is the creation of new groups such as the National Resistance, which “is responsible for a concentration in front of the SOS Racismo headquarters” where the protesters wore masks and used torches, and the Defender Portugal movement.
After Chega elected a MP in the 2019 Legislation, the report this year indicates that there has been a political “normalization” of André Ventura’s party, reflecting the agreement with the PSD and other right-wing parties to form a government in the region signaled. autonomous region of the Azores.
According to the text, this agreement was “seen as the first step towards a parliamentary or state agreement at national level” and “contributed more to the legitimation of Chega”.
The document highlights that racism in Portugal became apparent in a series of acts of violence such as police aggression against a woman on a bus because her son had neither a ticket nor the death on the streets in Lisbon suburb of an actor, Bruno Candé, for a man who sent him “into the slave quarters,” a term referring to the past of slavery in Africa.
According to the report, Chega has raised right-wing “key narratives” to levels never seen in Portuguese politics since the end of the Estado Novo. As an example, 15% of delegates at last Congress said they were voting for a resolution that proposed removing ovaries for women who have had an abortion.