Opinion: Message From a Portuguese Mother With a Broken Heart

In Portugal there is an invisible foot that crushes economic areas, activity sectors, businesses, taxpayers, the sick, the individual, the people. It does so without great clout, because it does not all occur at once and its causal relationship is far from transparent. But the invisible foot is there.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) I was two years old when the Portuguese Carnation Revolution took place on April 25th, 1974, overthrowing the authoritarian 'Estado Novo' regime, in force since 1933 under Salazar, beginning a process that would culminate in the establishment of a democratic regime and the coming into force of the new Constitution two years later, marked by a strong socialist orientation.

The April 25th date, like any revolution, was a moment. A moment when the best traits of humanity emerge. The hope for a better life, for more opportunities, for a window to the world that had . . .

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