PORTUGAL: Operation Cocktail

In Lisbon last week, the Minister of the Interior belatedly announced that two months ago the government had nipped in the bud a plot to take over the country. The plot bore the preposterous name of "Operation Cocktail," and the people behind it, said the minister, included all classes and were all "most confused." Among those arrested: a priest, nine army officers, 22 civilians. Behind this threat to the 27-year dictatorship of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, police also saw the features of flamboyant General Humberto Delgado, who in last year's election got a surprising 23% of the votes, even...

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