PORTUGAL: The Rebels' Second Coup

In Lisbon, they called them os homens sem sonho: the men who never sleep. They worked night and day, much to the dismay of more conventional politicians and bureaucrats addicted to Portugal's leisurely working hours and three-hour lunches, and they seemed equally tireless in keeping their identities hidden. Last week the young officers of the Armed Forces Movement, the rebel group that overthrew the regime of Marcello Caetano last April and ended half a century of dictatorial rule in Portugal, finally decided to flex their muscles publicly. In short order, the men of A.F.M. forced the resignation of civilian...

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