PORTUGAL: The Quiet One

For one month things were different in Portugal. Censorship was relaxed. The ban on political meetings and speeches was lifted, criticism of the government was allowed, and an opposition political committee (though it could not call itself a party) was permitted to campaign. It contested 28 of the 120 seats in the National Assembly, all held by Dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar's boys. Then, precisely at midnight one day last week, the "political campaign" was declared at an end, and Portugal turned back into one man's pumpkin. "Silence! Silence!" said the final...

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