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"Carnation Revolution"
Lisbon, Portugal, 25 April 1974
Eduardo Gageiro

In 1974 a military coup ousted Portugal’s ruling dictatorship. Army officers keen to introduce democratic and economic reform and begin decolonisation were eventually supported by the Portuguese public. Termed the ‘Carnation Revolution’ due to the flowers placed in soldier’s weaponry, the mainly peaceful events put the country on the road to democracy.