Forty years after the portuguese Carnation Revolution

Costa, Jorge Duarte
http://www.europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?article31721

Publisher:  Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres
Date Written:  25/04/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX16199

On the eve of April 25, 1974, Portuguese society was smouldering from contradictions accumulated in half a century of dictatorship. At the heart of these contradictions was a war that lasted thirteen years, to hold on to the African colonies of Angola, Mozambique, Guinea, Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe. This conflict conditioned the whole of national life, because of the social suffering caused by the mobilization of two hundred thousand men, a tenth of the working population (a human cost equivalent to twice that of Vietnam), because of the wave of migration driven by hunger and the war, and because of the impossibility of a military solution, the only one contemplated by the regime.

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