No to tolls!

The Junta Metropolitana do Algarve and business associations in the region are calling for a general protest against the proposed toll booths on the Via do Infante (A22). The action is due to take place on November 12 and “all Algarveans, civic members and politicians should join together to protest”.

Those likely to join with Macário Correia, the Social Democrat leader of the Junta Metropolitana do Algarve, include the majority of the region’s câmaras, the Associação de Comerciantes da Região do Algarve, the Associação dos Hotéis e Empreendimentos Turísticos do Algarve, the Associação de Industriais de Hotelaria e Similares do Algarve, the Confederação dos Empresários do Algarve and NERA-Associação Empresarial do Algarve.

Meanwhile, an overall co-ordinator is being appointed to oversee initiatives against the tolls and run sessions to mobilise the public in different locations across the region. The group is united in studying the possibility of contesting the introduction of tolls on the A22 at a legal and constitutional level.

In the meantime, Macário Correia and other protesters are requesting meetings with the President of the Republic, the ministers for tourism and the economy, political parties, parliamentary groups and MPs in a bid to halt the introduction of the tolls.