PORTUGAL: Anarchy, Yes, But Not So Much'

"What do you think of our strike?" quipped Socialist Leader Mário Scares last week. He was referring to one of the most bizarre events in Portugal since the 1974 revolution: the government itself was staging a walkout. Its strike was to protest the massive rallies that have stymied its every move and the military's inability to guarantee its security to govern. The action meant that the 15-member Cabinet would no longer show up for work until President Francisco da Costa Gomes managed to restore discipline to the armed forces.

In theory, the move...

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