Pardal Henriques only running “because of the PM”

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 06-09-2019 01:00:00 · 0 Comments
Pardal Henriques only running “because of the PM”

Pardal Henriques, the former spokesman for the National Union of Dangerous Goods Drivers and the current head of the PDR party’s list for Lisbon in the 6 October legislative elections, has told Lusa that he only ran “because of the Prime Minister”.

“Until the 18th [August, the day the drivers’ strike was called off], my decision was not to be a candidate, for the Republican Democratic Party (PDR) or the other parties that invited me [...]. And what made me make this decision to be a candidate was the Prime Minister and attitudes that the Government took against the drivers and against the rights of workers in general,” Pedro Pardal Henriques said in a statement to Lusa by telephone, after a campaign action.

The lawyer also added: “The absurdity that happened in this strike, of putting the state machine and the various entities, which should be serving the Portuguese, but were simply serving the interests of the prime minister and the government, were the ones that led me to take the decision to accept being a candidate for the RDP”.

Following Sunday’s campaign action in Corroios, the PDR candidate said that he felt “the people [were] very angry at the government’s attitude towards the workers”, thus giving “support” to his party.

António Costa also said in an interview with Lusa that the strike of the dangerous goods drivers revealed an “instrumentalisation” of workers in favour of a candidate and, simultaneously, a “naivety” by the media.


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