Letters to the director’s opinion

João Miguel Tavares and Rui Tavares

My appeal goes in the opposite direction to that of the reader António Monteiro Fernandes (letters from yesterday’s edition). Please do not remove João Miguel Tavares or Rui Tavares. You can even move them around but not remove them from the newspaper. While there are a few more, they are among the few that raise interesting questions. These should be discussed persistently and continuously to see if the government is starting to do what is expected of it. What we need are people who do not adjust to this gloomy and hideous sadness that consumes and angered us politically.

João Boavida, Coimbra

(Ir) political responsibility

On January 14, when more than 10,000 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed daily and the death toll rose alarmingly, the Office of the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education sent a recommendation to scientific and higher education institutions to continue teaching and safety ensure non-teaching activities personally. After five days, the prime minister said he took full responsibility for easing restraint measures over the Christmas period but insisted on keeping all schools open. After such a loud personal and political failure that made Portugal the worst country in the world on Covid-19, how do our Prime Minister and some of his ministers view the meetings of the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union? Our happiness is sad to always have to choose between “the least bad”.

Pedro C. Pereira, Ferragudo

A border that shouldn’t be closed

As of January 31, there are officially eight “larger” border posts between Portugal and Spain that are open around the clock and where border control has started. Just check the list. There are still some “minor” margins (if that phrase is appropriate) as marked on cards that are only partially open on weekdays. In a way, they have local value. Some other smaller passages, very localized, consist almost entirely of routes under the jurisdiction of the law.

But there is one point that does not represent a limit in passing or appears in the “main” or subsidiary items mentioned, but is always official. It is the Ajuda Bridge over the Guadiana between Elvas and Olivença. For Portugal border crossing between municipalities. For Spain international border. In the first phase of the pandemic, it was cut from blocks of concrete.

However, as is well known, Portugal does not legally recognize oliventines as part of Spain in order to give the oliventines Portuguese nationality (in a few years almost a thousand oliventines acquired this nationality, having already voted in the last parliamentary elections). and hence the omission of this bridge in every list.

After traffic on the bridge was again banned, concrete blocks were placed again, but only on the second day of the ban. What won’t be right. Remember: the Ajuda Bridge cannot be cut as it is not a border post but a bridge that is legally part of Portuguese territory. An “internal” bridge, then. It can only be covered by the ban on movement between communities on weekends. However, it might even be admitted that the main thing right now is to take action to combat the spread of the pandemic. Discreetly close your eyes to this aspect.

Local protests were heard in a February 10 report in the Diário do Sul. Joaquin Fuentes, who headed the now extinct Associação Além Guadiana, showed his dissatisfaction “with the current situation. There are cross-border workers here with jobs in Elvas and other Portuguese settlements, ”he said, adding“ that there are companies that export to Portugal and have their ‘logical passage’ through the Ajuda Bridge. It is not understood that there were no exemptions there to allow people to move around at certain times of the day, as is the case elsewhere, “and warns that” populations of communities who have close relationships, both professional and friendly to be harmed; The Oliventinos (…) express their dissatisfaction at a time when several residents are working in Elvas and other neighboring communities. “Frontier workers and entrepreneurs complain in the article about the disturbances caused by the excessive distance they have to travel.

Journalists who are observant people are encouraged to point out this inconsistency. After all, around a thousand holders of a Portuguese citizen card are affected …

Frederico Lobo Gama, Estremoz