Rebellions: Coups by Night

Two small but bitter political uprisings shook two nations last week. Both were quickly suppressed, but both momentarily illuminated the half-hidden political forces at work in the two countries.

In Portugal, a somewhat amateurish band of conspirators tried to unseat Antonio de Oliveira Salazar. At 2 a.m. New Year's Day, as heavy winds and rain lashed the wheatfields around Beja, 85 miles southeast of Lisbon, a sentry at the 3rd Infantry Regiment barracks was roused by the approach of four automobiles. Recognizing three of his own regimental officers, he waved the cars...

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