Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Acordai" (September 21)




Opera singers joined the 20.000 demonstrators in front of the Palace of Belém in Lisbon, the official residence of the President of the Republic, where a Council of State meeting was taking place yesterday by request of the President because of the social and political events that ocurred last week regarding Portugal's economy.
They sang Lopes Graça's "Acordai" (Wake Up) several times in two hours and, of course, a lot of other demonstrators participated in the choir.

17 comments:

Dina said...

A civilized protest such as this, let's hope it touches hearts and minds more than rampages of burning do.
The singing is very moving in the video. I can imagine the power of 20,000 singing it together.
Google Translate let me understand the words.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Wow that must have been one of the best protests ever. I would loved to have been there. Diane

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I had never heard of singing opera at a protest. What class.

Lowell said...

Amazing! Look at all the people. And the opera? Amazing. Did I just say that? Looks like the media was out in force, too. That is one heck of a choir! One cannot hope but that the devils hear these angels.

TexWisGirl said...

must have been something to hear...

Sylvia K said...

That is awesome! And what an incredible, civilized way to protest!! I do have a serious problem with people protesting with such incredible violence as we've seen lately and all in the name of religion????? Somehow that just doesn't say anything very positive about people or religion.

La Principessa Errante said...

What a wonderfully civil way to express your opinions. Must have been fabulous to hear.

VP said...

A beautiful song and an amazing demonstration. And when they will be awake?

Kay said...

This is amazing, and very touching! A brilliant form of protest. I hope it's effective.

Randy said...

That would have been great to see in person.

Jack said...

Opera at a protest? This must have been the most beautiful protest ever.

Sharon said...

I'm hoping the President is listening.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Much more powerful than violence JM, must have been a very moving experience, let's hope it has positive results.

Stefan Jansson said...

Lets hope that anyone heard them.

Joan Elizabeth said...

That is a different way to protest.

Gunn said...

Must have been the most UNIQUE demonstration ever.
What a great idea! I hope they were heard also by those who take the decisions .....

Stickup Artist said...

That's awesome. Equally awesome is how the crowd made a space for you to get the great image of the singing women, including the sign. The first one is great too with the man holding the sign in the foreground looking out over the singing crowd. Brilliant in all aspects...