The picture shows Portuguese soldiers decorated with carnation flowers during the Carnation Revolution in Portugal. 🔷continue reading to know more!🔶
Today in history, April 25, 1974, the Carnation Revolution occurred in Portugal as one of the most important turning point in the political history of Portugal. It was in fact a non-violent military coup which was a rare thing to see in the history of overthrowing the government out of its control. Portugal had been under the rule of a fascist dictatorship for half a decade (50 years). The main intention of the revolution was to overthrow the fascist government out of Portugal with no violences. The revolution was run by a large section of the Portuguese military and organized protesters to overthrow the fascist government called the Estado Novo regime. The protest group was later called the Movimento das Forças Armadas or the Armed Forces Movement. The plan of the revolution was to occupy strategic and important areas in the country such as military operations centers and television and radio broadcasting stations. The military coup began in the midnight of April 24, 1974. Within 24 hours, the large Portuguese population had shown their support in the coup and the government was later abolished. The most interesting fact of the revolution was that the coup was run with no violences. The protesters and the soldiers decided not to use violences but they used the occupation of the strategic areas in the country and forced the government to capitulate. The carnation was the symbol of the revolution, the soldiers often put carnations in the barrels of their guns and civilians also carried carnations in the streets. During the revolution , only 4 people died as the result of the fascist police's last stand. The revolution was the end of the fascist regime, Estado Novo which was the longest-lived authoritarian regime in Western Europe. The revolution was truly remarkable as it was a non-violent coup and there was only a small number of non-violent revolutions that were successful throughout the human history. It shows that the freedom and democracy could be achieved without resorting to bloodshed but only peace.