New movement in peripheral neighborhoods demands an end to rising prices | Social questions

On the 25th of February, the Movimento Vida Justa will organize a demonstration by the Marquês do Pombal in São Bento, in Lisbon, against the rise in the cost of living. Under the motto “enough with price increases”, the organization demands “to limit the prices of essential goods”, “wages to live on” and “houses for people (and not for speculation)”.

Considering that “the Government is more concerned with paying the public debt” than “helping the majority of people to resist” the crisis, collectives, activists and residents of the peripheral neighborhoods of Lisbon will march to the Assembly of the Republic against the increase in taxes prices, evictions and loss of income, to “demand a fairer path that equally distributes the costs of this crisis”, according to the movement’s manifesto.

“There is a war against the poorest populations that has to stop”, they argue, warning that “noIt cannot always be the people paying for everything, while the richest manage to get even richer”.

In addition to the demonstration, in which the activists will present a petition, the movement, which was born in October in Cova da Moura, hopes to “build a network and multiply actions that give people more power” to impose “policies that defend the populations and those who it works”.

The protest has more than 350 subscribers, some of which are collectives such as Afrolink, SOS Racismo, Anti-Racist Front, Commons Initiative, GAIA – Environmental Action and Intervention Group or Nu Sta Djunto. Supporters include figures from the cultural sector such as Dino d’Santiago, left-wing parties such as Fernando Rosas, founder of the Bloco de Esquerda, and António Filipe, former PCP deputy, and unions such as Fenprof. Climate justice collectives such as Climáximo, Student Climate Strike and Scientist Rebellion will also join.

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