Housing crisis is a “social pandemic” caused by usurious rent and easy profit, says Mariana Mortágua

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Bloco leader Mariana Mortágua today called the housing crisis a “social pandemic”, whose virus is “usurious rent and easy profit” and a government that turns cities “into Disneylands”.

“It’s the worst pandemic, because in the other pandemic [covid-19], we didn’t know the virus, we didn’t have a vaccine, we didn’t know how to defend ourselves and we had to invent everything, resort to everything. We took exceptional measures and saved ourselves,” said Mariana Mortágua, during the closing session of the Socialism Forum, the BE’s political ‘rentrée’, which took place in Viseu.

According to the BE coordinator, the virus is now known: “usurious rent and easy profit” and an absolute majority that turns cities “into Disneylands and raises prices and rents so much that it impoverishes even those who used to live in some comfort”.

“Add food price inflation and you have the picture of Portugal: the salary is no longer enough to live on and the pension is no longer enough to survive on,” he lamented.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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