Zdjêcia

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In my very own opinion, the Portuguese Revolution of 25 April 1974 failed in most of its purposes. It ended the colonial war in Africa and it established formal democracy in Portugal. But, 33 years after the revolution, Portugal remains the country with more social injustice in Europe, not to mention other Third World features; the economic, political and media powers of 1973 are on top again. Next Wednesday, April 25, the national holiday called "Liberty Day", the establishment (the sons of the 1973 economic-political rulers) will celebrate their power; some parties, unions and aging revolutionaries will do the usual parades and speeches. Next Thursday, April 26, the glorious revolution will be forgotten again, until next anniversary, April 25, 2008.
This controversial monument to the revolution is located on top of Parque Eduardo VII in Lisbon (the bigger column, behind at left, doesn't belong to the monument; see my photo Os majestosos pilares do Estado Novo). I guess the sculptor, master Cutileiro, never explained its meaning, but I see it as a representation of the failure of the revolution. I guess he was smart: under the guise of a monument celebrating the accomplishment, he made a monument to the failure.
See in workshop a day light view (May, 2007), from the opposite POV.
Location in WikiMapia: 38.7304286, -9.1545644.

"Todo o monumento se lê como: escombros. O 25 de Abril não teve tempo para construir um novo edifício nacional ou quem liderava não teve t*m*t*s, não teve vontade, não teve pujança eréctil para levar a Revolução mais longe. O cravo foi esmagado, as colunas partidas. De antigo, só se derrubou um pequeno pedestal. Sobranceiros, lá se mantêm intactos os majestosos pilares do Estado Novo, poderosos, eternos!" (in "Universos Assimétricos" ). Partilho esta opinião.
Monumento à Revolução de 25 de Abril de 1974, no cimo do Parque Eduardo XII em Lisboa (ver minha próxima foto, Os majestosos pilares do Estado Novo)
Nos workshops estão uma vista diurna (de Maio de 2007) e a placa com inscrições sobre o monumento.

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