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Iranians in Lisbon welcome Portuguese spokesman’s criticism of Iranian ambassador



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At a protest demonstration in front of the Belen Palace, Tina Sabunati of the Association of Iranians in Portugal stressed to Lusa news agency that the Lisbon action was also intended to force Portugal to oppose the Tehran regime by welcoming Marcelo’s presidency. Rebelo de Souza told Ambassador Morteza Damanpak Jami that Tehran “should be wary of women and young students” and that human rights were at stake.

“This is the beginning, I would not say that this is a victory, I would say that this is the first step towards victory. [O Presidente português] said that [as autoridades iranianas] you have to be careful with human rights and with students, but I also had to say that there are people who are dying,” said Sabunati Lusa.

“[Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa] should have mentioned [ao embaixador do Irão em Lisboa] what mode [de Teerão] You can’t kill, you can’t torture, you can’t rape. This is true, and this is what is happening in Iran right now. I continue to believe that we are at the beginning of the journey, and I am glad that I said and addressed these words to the ambassador, but we still have a long way to go,” he added.

During a visit to the Diplomatic Bazaar, in the Lisbon Congress Center and passing by the bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa spoke with Ambassador Morteza Damanpak Jami and, saying goodbye, said: “They should treat women, young students, women, because that it is good for you and good for the whole world.”

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This is a matter of “human rights,” said the President of the Republic, speaking in English, surrounded by journalists.

Leaving the Lisbon Congress Center, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa confirmed that he had told the Iranian ambassador to “look at how the Iranian authorities are handling the role of women and the civil intervention of young women in Iran, protecting their rights.” “.

The protest of the Iranian community mobilized about three dozen Iranians in Jardim Afonso de Albuquerque, in front of the Belen Palace, where 100 photographs of Iranian activists executed by the regime and 66 other photographs of political prisoners were laid out in a symbolic moment to draw attention to the ongoing crackdown in Iran.

Tina Sabunati, 41, a native of Tehran, denounced that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s “barbarian regime” had arrested 14,000 innocent Iranians and expressed her fear that many of them would be executed, calling the “atrocities” committed against the people “crushing.” especially against women.

“There is nothing this regime avoids in order to stay in power. He beats, arrests, sexually abuses, tortures and kills demonstrators, including children and the elderly,” said Lusa Nahid, a 34-year-old Iranian who has been in Portugal for five years and chose not to give her last name for fear of reprisals from other family members living in Tehran.

Like Sabunati, Nahid recalled that the international community has a “long way to go” to pressure Iran to end the crackdown as the population wants democracy.

Nahid recalled the case of young Kurdish Mahsa Amini, 22, who died on September 16 this year, three days after being arrested by the “vice police” who accused her of violating a strict dress code that requires women to wear clothing. veil in public.

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In the demonstrations that followed Amini’s death, at least 304 people were killed in a crackdown on demonstrations across the country, the Oslo-based Iranian Human Rights Organization (IHR) said.

Martin Sobels, a 51-year-old Dutchman who is married to an Iranian, told Lusa that his participation in the Lisbon protest is to support Iranian women, “victims of the repression of Khamenei’s dictatorship”, and promote liberation and revolution. women in the country of Iran, regretting that few people in the world know what is happening in Iran.

“We are also here to be the voice of women and men who do not have access to the Internet in Iran, which the regime has banned for them, who are crying out for freedom,” Sobels said, echoed by his wife. , who chose to identify herself as 50-year-old Maria in order to also avoid reprisals against family members living in Tehran.

“The Iranians are asking us to be their voice abroad as they are being arrested, tortured and killed, they have no freedom. Thus, we want to contribute to the revolution to end the dictatorial regime,” she said. , was born in Tehran, where her parents emigrated to the Netherlands 49 years ago.

In Lisbon since 2017, along with Martin, a “digital nomad” who works in Lisbon for a Dutch company, Maria, an artist and designer, considered the “silence” of the international community to be “shameful” in the face of “constant and egregious violations of human rights in Iran.”

“[As autoridades de Teerão] they are criminals, they are terrorists. The world must rise up against the regime and support the revolution, the liberation of the Iranian people from the dictatorial regime. The dictatorial regime of the Ayatollah must be ended,” Maria stressed.

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The artist recalled that a whole generation up to 43 years old lived under repression since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, which turned the country from a pro-Western autocratic monarchy led by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi into a theocratic Islamic republic led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

During the protest, some of the participants were dressed in white “T-shirts” with red dots, symbolizing “the blood of the suffering and those who died martyred.”

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The disappearance of Fernando Gomes touched every corner of the world and Portuguese football.



The disappearance of Fernando Gomes touched every corner of the world and Portuguese football.

The disappearance of Fernando Gomes touched every corner of the world and Portuguese football.

This Saturday was Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa was the first to praise the whole “portism” of “Bibot”, at a time when he could not hide his emotions. “He left us one of the greatest Porto players that I have known in my entire life. Ever since I was a boy I have known him through the youth system, he had a love for Porto that was beyond the norm. And the whole life was a great success. The greatest successes of FC Porto were associated with him,” the president of FC Porto recalled.

Also Sergio Conceisau talked about the connection with football with Fernando Gomes, which began when he was 17 years old. The coach of the blue and whites said that in addition to the relationship he had with the “bibot” at Porto, he heard a lot of advice from someone whom he considers “an idol in this club.”

“Fernando had a habit of always texting me before every game,” the coach recalled.

Both on the lawns and in the pavilions, during the various matches of the Futebol Clube do Porto, as in the case of volleyball and basketball teams, as well as football (under 15), there was a moment of silence.

From Qatar came the sadness of blue and white players, namely Pepe, Otavio, Eustace e Diogo Costawho shared the tribute on social media.

Also coach of the Portuguese national team, Fernando Santos, a former dragon trainer, left a message for the Porto family. Through a video posted on the Portuguese Football Federation’s website, the Quinas coach revealed that he was experiencing a “moment of sadness” about the match and, on behalf of the team, left “condolence wishes to the family.”

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BUT Selection and the Portuguese Football Federation released announcements and tributes through social media. same way UEFA shared his grief over the former Portugal international who scored 14 goals in a Quinas jersey. OUR League of Portugalthrough Pedro Proença, praised the greatest figure of national football who was one of its greatest ambassadors both on and off the pitch.

already Secretary of State for Sports Joao Paulo Correiaexpressed his condolences to FC Porto and the entire family of the former striker who marked generations.

Finally, City Hall of Porto remembered one of the most important figures in the city who raised him through football and Futebol Clube do Porto.

On the blue and white side too Vitor Baia, deco e Future were among the many players who remembered Fernando Gomes.

Fernando Gomes passed away this Saturday at the age of 66, and these are just some of the many reactions to the death of the former Porto striker. He is remembered in the FC Porto museum with the captain’s armband on the statue of the eternal number nine.

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11-year-old Portuguese won the final of the world championship in karting



11-year-old Portuguese won the final of the world championship in karting

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Martim Marques, who also became the Portuguese Karting Champion and Rotax Champion of Portugal this year, reached the final of his race in 11th position on the grid.

Portuguese driver Martim Marques, 11, won the Rotax World Karting Final this weekend at the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão.

Martim Marques, who this year also became the Portuguese Karting Champion and Rotax Champion of Portugal, started in the final of his race in 11th place on the grid among 35 drivers.

“It has been a fantastic year for the Portuguese riders and what Martim has achieved today is remarkable and deserves all the recognition. Congratulations to Portuguese karting, as well as to all those who help and support the career of Martim and all other pilots,” the president said. Portuguese Automobile and Karting Federation (FPAK), Ni Amorim.

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Portuguese researcher publishes dissertation on transgender people in children’s literature – Observer



Portuguese researcher publishes dissertation on transgender people in children's literature – Observer

The publication of children’s books about gender identity in Portugal is still rare because the topic has not yet been standardized in public discourse, researcher Emanuel Madalena, who dedicated his doctoral dissertation to Luce, told the agency.

Emanuel Madalena, collaborating researcher at the Center for Languages, Literature and Cultures of the University of Aveiro, wrote a doctoral thesis on the presence of the topic of gender identity, in particular about transgender people, in children’s literaturewhich he later adapted into a book called “Challenge to Gender”, which will be presented in Lisbon this Saturday.

For the investigation, Emanuel Madalena reviewed a pre- and initial reading edition of books published between 2000 and 2019, bringing together 38 works edited in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Of the books analyzed in the dissertation, there are two that deserve attention for their quality, noted by Emanuel Madalena, and which are published in Portugal: “O Jaime é uma sereia” by Jessica Love (Fábula), “which is in the process of canonization” by readers and ” Thiago’s Dresses” by Joana Estrela in her own edition.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, Emanuel Madalena argues that picture books for children about gender identity, and transgender people in particular, are “very important in providing information about identity to these children and informing people in general about this issue.”

In his book, published by the cultural cooperative Outro Modo, Emanuel Madalena writes that “children’s literature on transgender topics is important not only for transgender children, but for all children and for society as a whole” because it can foster “attitudes of acceptance and integration of differences.

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The researcher does not have a clear answer why there are no more books on this topic in Portugal.

It’s not that the Portuguese publishing scene is far ahead in terms of trends – it isn’t – but maybe it’s a bit on the side of authors. The public discourse on these topics in Portugal itself needs more discussion, information, but it is enough for one of these players to want it, the editor has a strong desire to publish it or the author created it for something to happen, ”he believes. .

In the course of the investigation, Emanuel Madalena read some of these books to children and met with no resistance.

“This is a completely adult problem. (…) This is an essential question of a dual addressee: the book should be liked by both children and adults, and it is they who choose it, especially for early childhood,” he said.

The researcher believes that it is through independent publishers or those with greater creative and editorial freedom that more titles on these topics can be published.

“The independent publication is the firmest first step towards the centripetal path of legitimizing the transgender theme, from the fringe of the literary subsystem of children’s literature to its commercial center,” he wrote.

Emanuel Madalena believes that by reflecting changes in society, entering into public discourse, “emerging, controversial and sensitive topics end up being not so”, even if there may be moments of discomfort on the part of some readers.

“Like, for example, the topic of divorce, which was once divisive in children’s literature and is no longer so. It even seems ridiculous to think that talking about it with children is taboo,” he recalls.

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Given that “books for children with transgender themes are still in their early stages”, Emanuel Madalena explains in the book that much of the literary output is still geared towards cognitive-pedagogical aspect, legitimation, and not in the game phase for younger readers.

Emanuel Madalena, PhD in Literature, MA in Editorial Studies and Education, hopes his work will contribute to “gender studies and the movement to include and make gender diversity visible in academic research.”

“Chalking Gender – Transgender in Children’s Literature” will be presented this Saturday at the Snob bookstore in Lisbon by André Tesedeiro and in the presence of the author.


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