The Portuguese legislative bodies postponed the beginning of the discussion of a public demonstration that calls for the investigation of the adoption scandal of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. The demonstration was the product of the spontaneous mobilisation of mothers of various Portuguese cities by the Movimento Verdade (Truth Movement), created as a reaction of the society to the silence of the authorities over the denunciations of the series The Secret of the Gods, by the TVI of Lisbon.
The request was supported by more than 5,700 people, much more than the 4,000 signatures required for this type of initiative. But that was not enough for the Portuguese parliament to begin discussing what happened with the adoption of Portuguese children sheltered in homes supported by the sect. The analysis of the demonstration was based on the first meeting of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees on Wednesday, 15.
Claiming that it would be necessary to respect the bureaucracy of the parliamentary process, the admissibility of the demonstration was cancelled. There is a suggestion to reschedule it to the 21st, but nothing has yet been formalised. A retrograde movement which in any way helps to remedy the impression of evident unwillingness within the institutions that should investigate and monitor what is being denounced.
“I regret that the discussion of this matter is not a top priority for the deputies … this only shows that 20 years later, the state continues to disrespect these mothers!” Said journalist Alexandra Borges, who along with Judite Franca produced the series broadcasted by the TVI.
Read below the full letter issued by the Committee on Constitutional Affairs.