The President of the Republic today defended that Portugal is much more than fragilities or errors, but warned that new or old collective failures can not be omitted, nor minimized corruption, bankruptcies of justice or indignations.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa left this message in his speech at the ceremony of the Day of Portugal, Camões and Portuguese Communities, in Portalegre, before the heads of the different organs of sovereignty, among them the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Ferro Rodrigues, and the prime minister, António Costa.
In a speech a little longer than he has done in these ceremonies, the head of state, for about 15 minutes, spoke about multiple cases of success of Portuguese in the world, many of which are unknown to most national citizens.
In this context, however, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa left a serious warning: "We can not and should not forget or minimize dissatisfaction, tiredness, indignation, impatience, corruption, bankruptcies of justice, constant demands for greater seriousness or ethics in public life."
According to the head of state, this same idea of dissatisfaction and, at the same time, a desire for change had previously been broadly conveyed in the speech delivered by the president of this year's edition of the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities, journalist João Miguel Tavares.
After pointing out the shortcomings, the head of state sought to convey words of hope, asking everyone to admit that the Portuguese as a whole "are much more than fragilities or errors."
"It is because we are much more than fragilities and mistakes that we had and we have a history of almost 900 years that we had and we have one of the most inclusive and cohesive communities despite their inequalities, that we have the merit that others recognize us, even when we hesitate to recognize him, "he said.
Having heard the president of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, the head of state spoke of "the sister country of many other countries and who share a community of language, people and dreams of the future."
The initial part of the intervention of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was intended to exalt the merits of the Portuguese living in or outside the national territory.
"I know that a very national complex, which is one of the features of our pessimism, does not appreciate, because I consider it primary or exorbitant, what I have repeated and that I still did it on Sunday night in Porto: When we are very good, we are the best of the best, "he said.
According to the President of the Republic, "it is good to know that it is not only a Secretary General of the United Nations [António Guterres], or a President of the Eurogroup [Mário Centeno], or a director general of an international organization, or a winning team in a sporting event with greater international notoriety.
"Every day, inside and outside, there are social, scientific, academic, cultural or business leaders, many of whom we do not even know who they are until the news comes that a Portuguese has won a prize for best researcher, or that a Portuguese was considered the best nurse in a foreign country, or an artist was celebrated in another continent, "said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.