Twitter suspends account of right-wing party leader

  • Lusa
  • 28 September 2021

In statements to Correio da Manhã, the leader of Chega said that this was "the greatest censorship and persecution in memory in modern Portugal", adding that he will "demand accountability".

The president of the Chega party, André Ventura, has since Monday had his official Twitter account suspended, a fact that is being denounced by pages of movements linked to the extreme right.

“Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts that violate its rules,” reads the page of André Ventura.

In statements to Correio da Manhã, the leader of Chega said that this was “the greatest censorship and persecution in memory in modern Portugal”, adding that he will “demand accountability”.

For Ventura, the suspension of Twitter “is about cutting off communication channels of the leader of one of the largest Portuguese political parties”.

In May, Twitter temporarily blocked André Ventura’s account after he wrote that he wanted Interior Minister Eduardo Cabrita to be beheaded.

At the time, the social network considered that the leader of Chega violated the rules “against abuse and harassment” and applied a suspension of the account for 12 hours.