PORTUGAL: Hurtling Toward a Climactic Showdown

The defense of Republica is the defense of freedom!

So declared thousands of leaflets distributed by Socialists in the streets of Lisbon last week, as Portugal plunged headlong into its latest political crisis. On one side of the battle lines are the Socialists and their colleagues of the moderate left; on the other the Communists, backed by a powerful faction within the ruling Revolutionary Council. At issue is the future of Portuguese democracy, and the showdown may be at hand.

The storm center of last week's action was the Socialist newspaper Republica, which...

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