Friday, 25 April 2008

the red carnation revolution

On April 25, 1974 army officers caused the downfall of the 50 years old fascist dictatorship in Portugal. Portugal’s saw democracy restored by its ‘red carnation revolution.’
Every year on this day the whole of Portugal celebrates with a holiday to mark a proud era of freedom for the country, which started just 34 years ago.

A complete generation of Portuguese has passed into adulthood since the heady days of the 1974 Carnation Revolution. For this new generation of Portuguese, globalisation, European integration, and the information revolution are much more significant to their lives than corporatism, colonial wars and the Carnation Revolution can ever be. The gap that exists between the present generation’s real life experiences and the experiences of their parents and grandparents could not be wider. In all, the 1960s and 1970s are as remote to them as the 1930s and 1940s are to everyone. We can all recognise that the present is shaped by the past, but, with the passage of time, it is much more difficult to assert that events that occurred thirty four years ago have a greater influence than those that occurred five or even ten years ago.
The youngest generation isn’t quite aware of what was 25 of April 1974 and what was achieved then.

But are the ideals of the red carnation revolution done?
I finish with a sentence that I consider very important “If a nation wants to build its future must know its past”.

4 comments:

  1. brings back memories....

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  2. Very well written Seeker! It's really worthwhile to ponder on this idea..

    Grayburn

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  3. Thanks for sharing this information. I could stand to learn a bit more about Portugal.

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