The "Escudo Identitário" organization, created in 2017, has spread more than 1,000 posters in around 300 schools in the country, against what it calls "gender ideology," warning of the "danger" that it does. She denies the fascism and extremism that belongs to them.
"We are fighting for social welfare, Portuguese sovereignty and identity, but also for traditional European values". In capital letters, just as transcribed. It describes "Shield Identity" on Facebook, where he writes "patriot" and "non-party" and publishes some of the actions he is implementing.
With the JN's contacts, the Central Identity Identity Body explained in a written reply by email that it was born because of the need to create a "metapolitical movement that transcended the old and stupid right-wing dichotomy and fought for common ideals" for Portuguese and European people . Today there are more than 200 young people – mostly men, but also women – across the country. They say they are fighting "the world of nihilism, hedonism and apathy."
The latest action announced by the group – and which caused the wave of criticism on the Internet – was held 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 that" enlightened "convey their ideas. The main propagators of these absurd fears are open, free and rational debates, because they know that their ideas do not last for two seconds under the burden," says Commission.
But what is this "gender ideology" that the group is so talked about and written in bold letters on posters on the school walls? That is, the group agrees, the idea that "sex and gender are different and unrelated things". Apart from not recognizing "any sense" in the space – which the Portuguese law recognizes – it points out that there is no scientific support.
And who are they, "enlightened"? "As a rule, they are academics who justify their position with absurd and unreasonable theses" imported from the United States, "at a time when these progressive movements are also in full retreat," the group accused. "As soon as there was a free discussion on these issues, the card house went down and that's what we want to do in Portugal."
The purpose of this action, explained "Identity Shield," was provoking discussion, avoiding taboos and attracting more people to the organization's site. Two items on the agenda were achieved, but the public response had nothing positive. There have been many critical voices that have emerged, and some with regard to the practices of "fascists" and "extremists", "The Shield" does not reconsider in the words: "The only lesson to be taken from these criticisms is intellectual laziness, instead of creating solid and well-grounded arguments (people who criticize) preferring to resort to ad-hominem fallacy. extremists, we are Portuguese youth struggling for our ideals. "
Despite the threats they claim to receive – "only today, we have threatened more than 10 times," they say intimidation attempts have the opposite effect. "We see it as a signal that we do something good, we fight for Status quoom, we scream for an elite who is considered sovereign in that country and to think that there is no opposition, it is a matter of certainty that it is a way and no matter what the threat, we will never shake hands. "
JN remembers that poster collage in public buildingsIt ispunishable by law (exception to political content and publicity), with the use of fines. The law establishes that, although the municipalities are responsible for licensing poster positions in places previously identified by the applicant, "interventions that de-characterize, alter, damage or blot the outer and inner appearance of monuments, public buildings, religious, public interest and historical or artistic values (…) ".
The law prescribes "an assessment of the topic content or creative expression of the subject change, unless he is able to prove the commission of the crime"Taken into consideration that Portugal recognizes "the right to self-determination of gender identity and gender expression". prohibits "any discrimination, either directly or indirectly"and states that "the state must guarantee the adoption of measures in the education system … which promote the exercise of the right to self-determination of gender identity and gender expression", the actions of the target group can be considered as responsible for civil law.
In the near future, the group has scheduled a conference on the economy in Oporto, for the forthcoming 17th anniversary of the renewal of independence in Lisbon, during the December 1st holiday.