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Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, who led the 1974 revolution in Portugal, has died

Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, who in 1974 led the Portuguese Carnation revolution against the authoritarian Estado Novo, died at the age of 84 in a military hospital in Lisbon.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa emphasized what he called “the most important” Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, calling him “the protagonist at a defining moment in modern Portuguese history.”

Prime Minister Antonio Costa also honored the memory of Othelo Saraiva de Carvalho, praising his strategic potential, dedication and generosity, which played a decisive role in the “bloodless” carnation revolution.

At dawn on April 25, 1974, codenamed “scar”, Carvalho organized a coup against then Prime Minister Marcello Cayetano and brought about major social and political changes, including Portugal’s democratic transition and the end of the Portuguese colonial war.

It suddenly developed into a very popular civic resistance campaign.

The event earned its nickname after protesters offered carnations to soldiers as people took to the streets to celebrate.

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