COVID-19: Celebrations called off
The Diario reports that in a letter sent to the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of Portugal, found himself “constrained” to cancel the celebrations of the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities, an event that would have been marked on June 10, in Funchal and, subsequently in South Africa.
This was the content of the letter sent to the President, Ferro Rodrigues.“Considering the current circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, the effects of which will continue for many weeks to come, I find myself constrained to decide to cancel the celebrations of the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities, which were scheduled for June, in Funchal and for the Portuguese communities in South Africa. I regret that decision, but the current situation requires it”. This was the content of the letter sent to Ferro Rodrigues.
It is recalled that the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, had announced last year that on June 10, 2020, Madeira would serve as a ‘stage’ for the celebrations of the Day of Portugal, and in the following days, he would continue his journey to South Africa in order to establish contact with the vast Portuguese community living there.
Marcelo even invited the president of the Regional Government, Miguel Albuquerque, to accompany him on this trip and the invitation was accepted by the Madeiran leader