"We will not tolerate a repetition of the use of the Armed Forces at the service of personal or group interests, of power games, as soldiers beat up as they do every day in central Africa, north, east and south of Europe, in the Gulf of Guinea, for the country and humanity, "he said.
The President of the Republic and supreme commander of the Armed Forces was speaking at a military ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice of World War I, on November 11, 1918, on Avenida da Liberdade in Lisbon.
After depositing a wreath at the monument to the combatants of the Great War, during which 111 thousand Portuguese soldiers fought and died "over eight thousand", Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa invoked those who "fought for understanding against hatred", for a "Open Europe against a closed Europe" and said that there is a lesson from a hundred years ago to learn.
"These heroes summon us to learn the lesson of a hundred years ago. We will not tolerate a repetition of the bloody division of Europe. We will not tolerate the repetition of losing oneself and the peace won by so many deaths to the deaths of adventurers who created new wars, "he said.
The head of state defended that "today more than ever" it is necessary to "affirm the values" that identify Portugal "as a nation in the fraternal relationship with allied and friendly nations," the first of which "is the dignity of the human person."
"Today more than ever we want to celebrate the Armed Forces. Without you, the Portuguese military, without your prestige, without the respect and admiration for your irreplaceable mission, there is no freedom, no security, no democracy, no peace that can avenge ", he exalted.