Interior minister “shrugs and refuses to comment” after being “confronted” at GNR funeral

Already dubbed “the worst minister in living memory”, Anabela Rodrigues is back in hot water after being confronted at the funeral of the GNR agent, gunned down in Quinta do Conde, Sesimbra, recently. The brother of the dead agent asked her “how many more police have to die” before the government compensates agents for the risks of their profession. Rodrigues was described as having “raised her shoulders” with no reply.

To be fair, the interior minister has already publicly lamented the deaths that shocked the country at the end of last month (click here) and attended the funeral of the other two victims with prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho.

But this time, Rui Anes – brother of gunned down policeman Nuno, 23 – “obliged her to look into the coffin, which was still open”.

Talking to national tabloid Correio da Manhã, a bystander at the funeral added: “He asked her how many more police had to die before the government considered it a profession that carried risks, and whether €785 a month justified risking one’s life”.

“The minister raised her shoulders and did not give any response”, said the source, although he added there later followed “a brief exchange of words”.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com