Slave market

Lagos municipality has launched an appeal after the Portuguese army refused to hand over the former slave market lease.

Prime Minister José Sócrates and President Cavaco Silva have been sent the appeal so that the market in the city centre can be converted into a slave trade museum. The slave market is currently awaiting classification as a monument for the national heritage and the council is hoping that the slave market will be combined into UNESCO’s Slave Route Heritage Trail.

It is reported that the army has refused to negotiate about the handover, which the council says is holding back plans to renovate the old part of the city area.