The social network Facebook has temporarily suspended André Ventura’s account. At issue are two publications by the leader of Chega.
One of the publications was made last month, after the Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, suspended the execution of the sentence applied to PSP agent Manuel Morais, who called Ventura an “aberration” and wrote: “Behead these nauseating racists who don’t deserve the water they drink” on Facebook.
The leader of the far-right party resorted to social media to challenge the minister’s decision and wrote: “If that’s how the III Republic lives, I also think Eduardo Cabrita should be beheaded!”
The message, also replicated on Twitter, caused the social network in question to temporarily suspend Ventura’s account due to the company’s “violation of the rules” against “abuse and harassment”. For 12 hours, the leader of Chega was able to access the social network and send messages, but he could not tweet, retweet, add likes or follow users.
The second message is related to the funeral ceremonies of Lieutenant Colonel Marcelino da Mata and was published in March. At the time, the only deputy from Chega called “sissy” to the other parties for having refused to participate in the funeral.
André Ventura has already reacted to the suspension and claims that the party will “resist”. “Social networks are increasingly the voice and shackles of political correctness. In Portugal it seems that only Chega has this problem and this persecution. We will be here to resist,” he told Correio da Manhã.