quarta-feira, 25 de abril de 2007

Freedom Day

We are celebrating a holiday here in Portugal.

It is Freedom Day!

33 years ago a military coup put an end to a 48 year old dictatorship in Portugal. It was the beginning of the "third wave of democratization" as Samuel P. Huntington called it. The coup was followed by two years of political and social turmoil. There were constant friction between liberal democratic forces and communist ones. The African colonial wars ended and the colonies got their independence (a handover of power with no free elections). And the Portuguese people and politicians had to learn how to live with the rules of democracy.

Those were hard times.

But today we live in a liberal democracy. And we enjoy freedom.

For the Bahá’í Community the Revolution meant the end of oppression and persecution by the former political police. At last we were free to gather, to teach the Faith,… we were free to be Bahá'ís. In 1975, the Baha’i Community of Portugal was official recognized as a religious community.

As a Bahá’í celebrating Freedom Day, my thoughts are with those followers of the Baha’i Faith in other countries who do not enjoy freedom. I hope they will live to celebrate a holiday like Freedom Day.

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The following video presents a series of photos taken during that day, 25th April, 1974. The music is Grandola, Vila Morena; it was broadcast on Portuguese radio as a signal to start the revolution.



Read more about the Carnation Revolution.

5 comentários:

pedro disse...

Ainda ontem me irritei profundamente com uma pessoa que considero informada e inteligente mas que me dizia que o 25 de Abril foi uma palhaçada e não mudou nada, pelo contrário. Isto é o mais grave de Abril...

sibeso disse...

Hey, Marco! Greetings from Zambia. I came to learn about you through your comment in my blog. Happy Ridvan!

Sibeso

Pedro Fontela disse...

O esquecimento a que está relegada a história do antigo regime é a causa do revisionismo histórico que circula por aí (por meios conservadores).

Marco disse...

Pedros (os dois),
Não podemos correr o risco de esquecer o nosso passado colectivo, pois correriamos o risco de voltar a cometer os mesmos erros.

GH disse...

Apesar dos problemas que hoje temos na Justiça, na Educação, na Saúde e na Economia, temos de reconhecer que a democracia política vale a pena!

Eu é que não queria viver sob uma ditadura, e muito menos combater uma guerra injusta em África.