April 25, 2011

37 years after 25 April 1974 Carnation Revolution

Today is Freedom Day. It’s a national holiday in Portugal. 37 years ago by sunrise the Movement of the Armed Forces, or MFA, took control of Portugal's destiny. After almost five decades of dictatorship MFA promised to restore civil liberties and hold general elections. The people longed for replacement of state institutions that included a political police that imprisoned and tortured people. Six civilian were dead during the outburst. The 25 April coup became known as the Carnation Revolution. (Florists distributed the flowers they were selling to the military on the street.) It ended the longest dictatorship in Europe, the Estado Novo. The new regime pushed decolonization. Over the next few years Guiné -Bissau, Moçambique, Cabo Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Angola became independent. Hundreds of political prisoners were released. A new era started. Portugal was on its way to democracy and modernization.(Video soundtrack is Grândola Vila Morena song by Zeca Afonso. I wrote about him here. )



  The times following April 25, 1974 Carnation Revolution people painted street walls all over the country showing they were pleased with the changes. Conceição was a woman that believed in freedom. She was very active publishing articles in underground press. She fougth the dictatorship regime since 1960 and was against colonial war.Her friends called her Mimi. Conceição Neuparth (1926-2006) photographed and collected more than 500 photos.
Click to discover more!
Bellow red square with information and Mimi's photo, click Ver galeria, on your left!
http://www1.ci.uc.pt/cd25a/wikka.php?wakka=coleccaoConceicaoNeuparth

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