The Public Prosecutor's Office carried out a search operation on the Madeira Government Building in charge of public construction works on Monday. The building was sealed off by Police all day while the search ensued. The raid is part of an investigation into Madeira's debt.
Lisbon papers reported that a further 2 billion Euro hole was found in unreported debt, including works that had already been carried out, but had simply never been billed as the government had requested builders not issue the bills until given the OK. The Regional Secretary of Finance has denied all reports of unreported debt - he also denied the 6 billion Euro debt in the first half of 2010, which he was later unable to hide.
Reacting to the news, Bertie's Party Youth leader, José Pedro Pereira MP, better know as Mijinhas (for having pissed on a Police car) , called for Madeirans to revolt and declare independence:
'Along the years we have seen successive national governments, of all [political] colors, launch constant attacks on the Autonomous Region of Madeira. They are filled with envy and hatred due to the development we have attained! I think the next revolution will be the revolt of the Madeirans, to tell the Portuguese Republic that if they carry on along this path of constantly attacking Madeira, it will be better for us to fight for independence! ' - now who does that remind one of?