Barreiro, Setúbal, 29 Jul 2019 (Lusa) – Home Affairs Minister Eduardo Cabrita said on Sunday night that the theme of the fires “should not be used for pre-election conflict nor for sterile controversy” and that there should be a union around Civil Protection.

“It is still too early for any balance, but I think more important than that is that all Portuguese know that this year so special [legislative elections] this [fires] is not a theme for pre-election conflict,” defended the ruler. .

Eduardo Cabrita’s remarks were made in Barreiro, during an intervention at the commemorative ceremony of the 125th anniversary of the South and Southeast Volunteer Firefighters Humanitarian Association, which was also attended by the president of the Portuguese Firefighters League, Jaime Marta Soares, and leaders of the structure of the National Civil Protection Authority.

The Minister, who declined to speak to journalists on the side lines of the ceremony, also praised in his speech the success of the “Safe Village Safe People” program, in which ‘fire kits’ were distributed, including the controversial smoke collars. .

“Also on Friday, the Mayor of Silves told me that, in a fire of particular risk, two teams from Aldeia Segura were called by the municipality to prevent what were the risks that were there. This is everyone’s effort. When we say Civil Protection, it’s all of us, he said.