The "Escudo Identitário" organization, created in 2017, has spread over 1,000 posters in about 300 schools across the country against what is called "gender ideology", warning of the "danger" it poses. It denies fascism and extremism attributed to them.
"We are fighting for social welfare, sovereignty and Portuguese identity, but also for traditional European values." In capitals, just as it is transcribed. It describes the "Identity Shield" on Facebook, where it says "patriot" and "nonparticipant", and where it publishes some of its actions.
Contacted by JN, the Central Commission on Identity Protection explained in a written reply by email that it was born of the need to create a "metapolitical movement that overcame the old and unimpeded right-left dichotomy and fought for common ideals "to the Portuguese and European people. Today there are more than 200 young people – mostly men, but there are women – across the country. They say they are fighting "with the world of nihilism, hedonism and apathy."
The last action made public by the group – and triggered a wave of criticism on the Internet – took place last Sunday and consisted of more than 1,000 posters against the so-called "gender ideology" in more than 300 schools Porto, Gaia, Lisbon, Montijo, Almada, Cascais, Oeiras, Loures and Faro. "We know that schools are the" lightened ones "who communicate their ideas. The main propagators of these absurdities fear the open, free and rational debate because they know that their ideas do not last for two seconds," says the Commission.
But what is this "gender ideology" about which the group speaks so much and is engraved with bold letters on the posters on the walls of the school? That is, the group responds, the idea that "gender and gender are different and independent things". In addition to recognizing "no sense" in the premise – which is recognized by Portuguese law -, she points out that she has no scientific support.
And who are they, "illuminated"? "As a rule, they are university professors who justify their positions with absurd and unreasonable" imported from the United States "at a time when even these progressive moves are completely withdrawn," the group accuses. "As soon as there was a free debate on these issues, the book house fell, and that's what we want to do in Portugal."
The purpose of this action, explained by "Shield Identity", was to provoke debate, avoid taboos and attract more people to the organization's page. The two items on the agenda were reached, but the public's response was a little positive. There have been many critical voices that have emerged, some considering "fascist" and "extremist". The shield responds that it is not re-written in the words: "The only lesson to be taken of these criticisms is intellectual laziness. Instead of creating solid and well-grounded arguments (critics), we prefer to use ad-hominem errors. fascists, nor extremists, we are young Portuguese fighting for our ideals. "
Despite the threats they claim to have received – "just today, we have been threatened more than 10 times" – say that intimidation attempts have the opposite effect. "We see this as a signal that we are doing something right. We are struggling with the Status Quo, we are pricked by an elite who is considered sovereign in this country, and that it has no opposition. that regardless of the threats we will never lower our arms. "
JN recalls that collage of posters in public buildingsIt ispunished by law (exception for political content and advertising) with the fine. The law establishes that although municipalities are responsible for granting poster placement licenses in places previously identified by the applicant, "interventions that characterize, modify, defeat or stain the exterior and interior appearance of monuments, public, religious, public buildings and of historical or artistic value (…) ".
The law provides for "an evaluation of the thematic content or creative expression of the amendment in question, unless it is able to justify committing a crime"Taking this into account Portugal recognizes "the right to self-determination of gender identity and gender expression". prohibits "any direct or indirect discrimination"and states that "the state must guarantee the adoption of measures in the educational system … to promote the exercise of the right to self-determination of gender identity and gender expression", target group actions may be held accountable under the Civil Code.
In the near future, the group has scheduled a conference on the economy in Porto for the next 17 years, and the celebration of the Lisbon Restoration of Independence during the December 1 holiday.