Forty years have passed since April 25, 1974.
Today throughout the country the Portuguese people will celebrate the anniversary of the overthrow of fascism.
The goal of the military coup that morning was to end the colonial war. But within a few hours the torrential participation of the people changed thedirection and purpose of the movement. That the masses took to the streets pushed the captains of April to make a revolution in which the alliance between the people and the Armed Forces Movement played a decisive role.
It was a revolution unlike anything known about before that time. In 18 months, in the context of a class struggle that grew ever sharper, Portugal made greater historical advances than it had in the previous three centuries. Since the 1871 Paris Commune there had been nothing like the April Revolution in Western Europe for making such enormous social gains in such a brief period. No prior agrarian reform had ever been so ambitious.
How far would this revolution go?