Thousands celebrate April 25 ‘Liberty Day’ in Lisbon. Hundreds in Porto

Thousands of people turned out in Lisbon today to commemorate the 47th anniversary of Portugal’s Carnation Revolution.

Two separate parades descended on Avenida da Liberdade, waving banners, chanting and celebrating. Various political figures took part as in Porto also celebrations were on a high with hundreds of people walked a circuit that took in the old PIDE (secret police headquarters of the dictatorship), chanting: “April 25 forever, fascism never again!”

In spite of all the ‘bad weather warnings’, the sun shone brightly on Lisbon, and people clearly felt it was a ‘good day’.

In parliament, in a much more subdued commemoration, President Marcelo gave a speech that looked back on history which all parties seemed to welcome.

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