ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Portugal- Keeping the Lid On

THE attempted coup earlier this month unci the subsceqent flight to Spain of General Antonio dc Spinula, former leader of the Armed Forces Movement (AFM), underscore the many political questions left unanswered by the coup of April 25, 1974 which had overthrown the fascist regime of Caetano in Portugal. The AFM had made the conservative Spinola its titular head in a bid to regroup the anti-fascist forces. General Spinola and those behind him sought, on the other hand, to use the AFM and the coup to replace the erstwhile fascist regime with a new liberal- faced government serving much the same interests, perhaps more efficiently. That such were the General's intentions was clear from the first coup attempt against the new government in September 1974 which led to his removal from office. The latest events mark yet another attempt by the General and his supporters.

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