A reconstructed isolation cell under the dictatorship. The government destroyed the original cells after closing the prison in 1965. I had planned to write a different blog post today, but, running late, I saw that today is the 44th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution in Portugal, the event that ended 48 years of a repressive dictatorship. Four years ago, I had the privilege of covering the 40th anniversary, and since then, the Carnation Revolution has loomed larger in my thinking as more and more countries slide into authoritarianism, including our own. The European Union, which imposed a crushing austerity on Portugal and other less wealthy countries during the fiscal crisis of 2008, has so far failed to respond to the elimination of checks and balances, the curtailment of civil rights and liberties, and the assault on the rule of law in member nations Hungary and Poland. Democracy depends on the willingness of leaders to obey both written law and unwritten norms, and on the people to stand up for free and fair elections and fair treatment of minorities within the nation — if only because one day they may find themselves in the minority or on the bottom due to… Read full this story
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