The "Escudo Identitário" organization, created in 2017, has distributed more than 1,000 posters in approximately 300 schools across the country against what it calls "gender ideology", warning of the "danger" it poses. It denies fascism and extremism attributed to them.
"We are fighting for social welfare, Portuguese sovereignty and identity, and also for traditional European values." Big letters, just as it is overwritten. This describes Facebook's "Identity Shield", called "patriot" and "non-partisan," and where it publishes some of its actions.
Contacted by JN, the central body for identifying shields explained in a written reply via e-mail that it was born out of the necessity to create a "metapolitical movement that crossed the old and stupid right-wing left dichotomy and fought for common ideals" for the Portuguese and European people. Today, there are over 200 young people – mostly men and women – across the country. They say they are fighting "the world of nihilism, hedonism and apathy."
The last action the group has released – which has caused a wave of criticism on the Internet – took place last Sunday and consisted of more than 1000 posters against so-called "gender ideology" in more than 300 schools Porto, Gaia, Lisbon, Montijo, Almada, Cascais, Oeiras, Loures and Faro. "We know that these are schools that" enlighten "their thoughts, and the main promoters of these absurdities fear open, free and rational debates because they know their thoughts will not last for two seconds," says the Commission.
But what is this "gender ideology," which group speaks so much about and is written in bold letters on posters on the walls of the school? That is, the group reacts, the idea that "gender and gender are different and unrelated things". Apart from the fact that he does not accept "no sense" in the premise – which Portuguese law recognizes – he points out that he has no scientific support.
And who are "enlightenment"? "These academic teachers usually justify their attitude with absurd and disproportionate theses" imported from the United States "at a time when even these progressive movements are completely retreating," the group blames. "As soon as there was a free debate on these issues, the card house fell and that's what we want to do in Portugal."
The purpose of this action, which explained "Identity Shield", was to engage in discussion, avoid taboo, and attract more people to the organization's page. Two points of the program have been achieved, but public response has been poor. There were many critical voices that emerged, some considered "fascist" and "extremist". "Shield" responds to the fact that it does not evaluate: "The only lesson to be taken from these criticisms is intellectual laziness. Instead of creating strong and well-grounded arguments (people who criticize), they prefer to resort to ad-homin by deception. we are neither fascists nor extremists, we are Portuguese youth fighting for our ideals. "
Despite the threats they claim to receive – "We have been threatened more than ten times today" – they say that attempts to intimidate have the opposite effect. "We see this as a signal that we are doing something right, we are fighting with Status Quo, we are solidifying the elite that is considered sovereign in this country, and that it believes it has no opposition, and we are confident that this is the way and that, we never lose our weapons on threats. "
JN reminds that collage of posters in public buildingsandpunished by law (exception for political content and publicity) with the imposition of a fine. The law provides that although municipalities are responsible for granting a poster permit in places previously identified by the applicant, "interventions that de characterize, alter, suppress or pollute the exterior and interior appearance of monuments, public buildings, religious, public interest and historical or artistic value (…) ".
The law provides for "an evaluation of the thematic content or creative expression of the amendment in question, if he is unable to justify a criminal offense"With regard to it regarding to it Portugal recognizes the "right to self-determination of gender identity and gender expression", prohibits "any discrimination, whether direct or indirectand 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 may be accountable under the Civil Code.
In the near future, the group plans for the next 17th edition of the Oporto Economy Conference and celebrating the resumption of independence in Lisbon during the December 1 holiday.