Protesters Against Algarve Tolls Will Target Holiday Homes Of Portuguese President And Prime Minister

"president-toll-protest"Protesters against the tolls on the A22 motorway in the Algarve have announced that they will be taking their protest to the holiday homes of the Portuguese Prime Minister and President.

The commission against the tolls on  the A22 have released a statement announcing that they will “continue the struggle for the abolition of the tolls on the A22 in the Algarve this summer” with a series of protest actions including “camping on the beach of Manta Rota and in the Aldeia da Coelha for the first two weeks of August, next to the holiday homes of the Prime Minister and President.

The statement also says that the government should also be aware that both the president and the prime minster are considered to be personas no grata on the Algarve due to the economic difficulties facing the region through austerity measures and unemployment levels which appear to have not been made any better under the current government.

A meeting held by the group against the tolls on the A22 in the Algarve met in the Loulé area last week and have confirmed that they will be continuing with actions of “civil disobedience” in a similar way as last year and plan to hold a protest at the party of the PSD party which is also held in the Algarve during August.

The statement continued: “Only with continued fighting, strength, determination and without fear, can we speed up the end of the tolls on the A22 and our committee against the tolls urges anyone who is against the tolls on the motorway in the Algarve to join in our protests and take part in protest activities over the summer in the Algarve.”

As well as the demonstrations the commission against the tolls on the A22 also have “go slow” planned to take place along the EN125 with one planned for July 27 and another two planned to take place during September.

The committee will also be making the most of all the potential toll road users who will be coming to the Faro Motorbike festival this month to talk to bikers about the tolls and to ask for their help in protests against the tolls on the Algarve motorway.

Statistics from the institute for Mobility and Transport reported that traffic on the A22 motorway has fallen considerably since the introduction of the tolls with a reduction of 44 percent in the number of vehicles using the A22 during 2012 in comparison to 2011.

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