The organization "Identity Shield", created in 2017, has extended more than 1,000 posters in nearly 300 schools in the country, against what it calls "gender ideology", warning of the "danger" that it constitutes. Black fascism and the extremism that is attributed to them.
"We fight for social welfare, Portuguese sovereignty and identity, and also for traditional European values." With uppercase letters, as it is transcribed. This describes the "Identity Emblem" on Facebook, where it says "patriotic" and "non-partisan" and where it publishes some of the actions it carries out.
Contacted by JN, the Central Commission of Identity Escrow explained in an email written response that was born of the need to create a "metapolitical movement that transcended the right and left dichotomy changed and fought for common ideals" for the Portuguese and European people. Today there are more than 200 young people, mostly men, but there are also women, all over the country. They say they fight "the world of nihilism, hedonism and apathy".
The last action made public by the group – and that triggered a wave of criticisms on the internet – took place last Sunday and consisted of More than 1,000 posters against so-called "gender ideology" in more than 300 schools Porto, Gaia, Lisbon, Montijo, Almada, Cascais, Oeiras, Loures and Faro. "We know that it is schools that" enlightened "convey their ideas. The main propagators of these absurdities fear an open, free and rational debate because they know that their ideas do not last for two seconds under control," says the Commission.
But what is the "gender ideology" of which the group speaks so much and is inscribed in bold letters on posters on the walls of the school? It is, the group responds, the idea that "sex and gender are different and unrelated things". Besides not recognizing "no sense" in the premise – which recognizes the Portuguese law -, indicates that it does not have scientific support.
And who are they, the "enlightened"? "As a general rule, they are academic professors who justify their positions with absurd and unreasonable theses" imported from the United States, "at a time when even these progressive movements are in full retirement," the group accused. "As soon as there was a free debate about these problems, the letter house fell, and this is what we want to do in Portugal."
The purpose of this action, explained the "Identity Shield", was to spark debate, avoid taboos and attract more people to the organization's website. Both agenda points were reached, but the public response did not have a positive effect. There have been many critical voices that have appeared, some considering the practices of the "fascist" and "extremist". The "Escudo" responds that it is not repaired in the words: "The only lesson that should be taken from these criticisms is intellectual laziness. Instead of creating solid and well-founded arguments (people who criticize) they prefer to resort to ad-hominem fallacies. We are neither fascist nor extremist, we are Portuguese youth who fight for our ideals. "
Despite the threats they claim to receive: "Only nowadays, we have been threatened more than 10 times" – let's say that attempts at intimidation have the opposite effect. "We see this as the sign that we are doing something right. We are fighting against the Status Quo, we are clinging to an elite that was considered sovereign in this country and that I thought it had no opposition. We tried this with the certainty that this is the way and that no matter the threats, we will never lower our arms. "
JN remember that o collage of posters in public buildingsepunishable by law (exception of political content and publicity), with the application of a fine. The law establishes that, although the municipalities are responsible for the license placements of posters in places previously identified by the applicant, "interventions that characterize, alter, divert or stain the appearance of exterior and interior of monuments, public buildings, religious, of interest public and of historical or artistic value (…) ".
The law provides "an evaluation of the thematic content or creative expression of the amendment in question, unless you are able to prove the commission of a crime"Taking this into account Portugal recognizes "the right to self-determination of gender identity and gender expression", prohibits "any discrimination, directly or indirectlye states that "the State must guarantee the adoption of measures in the educational system … that promote the exercise of the right to self-determination of gender identity and gender expression", the actions of the target group can be considered responsible in the Civil Code.
In the near future, the group scheduled a conference on Economy in Oporto, for the next day 17, and the celebration of the Restoration of Independence in Lisbon during the holidays of December 1.