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Former soldiers shun revolution celebrations in Portugal

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For the first time ever, former soldiers have chosen not to attend an official ceremony marking the anniversary of Portugal’s 1974 revolution.

Instead, the military association they belong to organised a gathering of its own on Tuesday night.

The former soldiers believe the values of democracy are being eroded in Portugal, where harsh austerity measures have been imposed in return for international bailouts.

The 1974 revolution brought an end to Europe’s longest ever dictatorship.

“Portugal only needs to respect the system created by the revolution in 1974, no more than that,”
said Pezarat Correia, from the 25th April Military Association.

In a show of support for their cause, former Portuguese president Mario Soares also stayed away from official events marking the anniversary.