Former Communist deputy António Filipe likened the Ukrainian leader to the far-right militant Mário Machado, who was arrested several times and sentenced to prison for racial discrimination.
After the PCP announced its absence from a reception for the Ukrainian president speaking in parliament on Thursday afternoon – sparking a number of criticisms across the political spectrum – Communist António Filipe spared no criticism of Volodymyr Zelenski’s presence. comparing him to Mário Machado, a neo-Nazi convicted of racial crimes.
“Maybe someone will invite Mário Machado to the galleries tomorrow. Friends are for the occasions,” wrote on Twitter a historic communist militant, a deputy member of several legislatures and a current parliamentary adviser to the PCP.
Maybe someone will invite Mário Machado to be present in the galleries tomorrow. Friends are for the occasions.
– Antonio Filipe (@AntonioFilipe) April 20, 2022
On Wednesday, Communist parliamentary leader Paula Santos announced that the party would not attend a “session of the Republican General Assembly to initiate an escalation of war against the construction of a road to peace” and accused Volodymyr Zelensk of impersonating “xenophobic” including paramilitary forces, of which the so-called Azov Battalion is an example. “