Speech by Jerónimo de Sousa, General Secretary of Portuguese Communist Party, Presentation of the programme of events for the Centennial Celebrations of the October Revolution
7 November 2016, Lisbon
Our Party has never relinquished celebrating that most momentous event in contemporary history – the Socialist Revolution of October 1917 – even under the most difficult and demanding circumstances, for it embodies the millenial dream of emancipation and liberation of generations of those exploited and oppressed!
The Central Committee of the PCP, meeting on October 6, 2015, analysed the results of the legislative elections and the political, economic and social framework facing the workers and the people, as well as the development of the mass struggle. Set down the main guidelines of action and political initiative of the Party and also its organic strengthening to meet future needs. Discussed and decided to present a candidacy for the January 2016 presidential elections.
I - Make a rupture with the national decline
Bound to a policy and options subject to the interests of monopoly capital and the European capitalist integration, Portugal was dragged, during the last decades of the PS, PSD and CDS governments, into economic decline, social regression and dependence, accompanied on the political level by the impoverishment of the democratic regime, the confrontation with the Constitution of the Republic being its most visible feature.
Statement by Jerónimo de Sousa, General Secretary of the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) in Lisbon
CDU salutes the thousands of candidates, activists and militants of PCP, PEV, ID and independent citizens, the CDU youth, who with their generous dedication and their irreplaceable intervention helped to explain, mobilise and increase a solid confidence that a better and more dignified life is possible.