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The Precarious Generation Manifest

We, unemployed, “five hundred-eurists” and other underpaid workers, disguised slaves, sub- and term-hired, fake independent workers, intermittent workers, trainees, scholarship holders, working students, students, mothers, fathers and sons of Portugal.

We, who have up to now been complacent with the conditions laid upon us, stand here, today, to contribute to a qualitative change in our country. We stand here, today, because we can no longer accept the situation that we have been dragged into. We stand here, today, because every day, we strive hard to be deemed worthy of a dignified future, with stability and safety in all areas of our lives.

We protest so that those responsible for our uncertain situation – politicians, employers, and ourselves – act together towards a rapid change in this reality that has become unsustainable.

Otherwise:

a) The present is defrauded, in that we are not given the chance to show our potential, thus blocking the betterment of social-economical conditions of the country. The aspirations of a whole generation, which cannot prosper, are put to waste.

b) The past is insulted, because previous generations have worked hard for our rights, our access to education, our security, labour rights and our freedom. Decades of effort, investment and dedication, risk being compromised.

c) The future is at check, and we foresee it without quality education for all and no fair retirement pensions for those who have worked their whole lives. The resources and skills that could put the country back on track of economic success will be wasted.

We are the highest-qualified generation in the history of our country. For this reason, we won’t let down to tiredness, frustration or lack of future perspectives. We do believe we have all the resources and tools to provide a bright future to our country and ourselves.

This is not a protest against any one particular generation. Quite simply, we are not, nor do we want to, wait passively for problems to sort themselves out. We protest towards a solution, of which we want to be a part of.

The Precarious Generation Manifest (pdf)

(Translation by Pedro Alvim and Tomás Costa)

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  4. Carlo Ravelbukt diz:

    The entire word is infected with the disease of hopelessness today. Ironically, it began with the misplaced hope that imaginary wealth could grow forever. This is a weakness of humans: we do not know where to correctly apply optimism or where to correctly apply pessimism. It translates into a magical concept of value that defies natural principles. Wealth can appear or vanish overnight. As long as economies are based on imaginary numbers we will continue to suffer like this.

    • Carlos, just a thought …
      Hopeless people wouldn’t go on the streets ;)

      Johan Galtung, a researcher on peace and conflict “management”, who also got the Alternative Nobel Prize, once said that he considers himself neither an optimist nor a pessimist, but a idealist and realist … that’s a better approach than “optimism vs. pessimism”.

      Besides, better forget about “the ones above” … what interest they should have in changing anything? … essentially it can only come from the people themselves … we will see.
      I find the movement in Portugal quite interesting, in particular since I believe that those 200.000-300.000 people on the streets on March 12 had an essential impact on Socrates’ resignation via the opposition parties. I don’t think that a government or the opposition is afraid of strikes, everything is somehow influenced by one or more party (via trade/labor unions) but a movement started by “normal” people via Facebook (as far as I got the story) is something they are afraid of … somehow …, because it is a new thing and no-one knows how to deal with it.

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  6. jonathan riley diz:

    Hundreds of thousands on the streets! That’s really amazing.

  7. YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAH !!!!!!!!!!

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