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In 1975, Portugal was at the verge of civil war. Salazar's dictatorship had finally been overthrown in April 1974, in a coup that later became known as the Carnation Revolution, an hommage to the fact that soldiers , long involved in a bloody war in the Portuguese colonies, started putting Carnations at the end of their rifles as a sign that the war would finally come to an end.
A year later, the country was a mess, a provisionary government had been formed , formed mainly by Captains and people involved in the 1974 coup , whose priamry objective was to create the proper means and stability to fianlly call out for the first general elections in 80 years. Leftists, right-wingers , Extreme-right wingers, Extreme-left wingers, all came out to the streets and tried their luck . Horrible confronts and terrible clashes occured in Portugal in 1975, in what became known as the "Hot Summer" (Verão Quente de 1975). The word was on the streets. This became more visible in the incredibly beautiful mural paintings that started sprouting around Lisbon. Have a look. This series is the best in my opinion . It's from a political movement called MRPP/PCTP, a communist faction that wanted to give the power to the people.
Please realise that this has all be painted in walls.























 

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Looks very familiar. It is certainly a part of your history. I believe that the style is called "social realism".

Philladelphia has kept all of its murals.
 

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^^ lol, both of you don't like it because they were done by communists. That's a very silly thing to do and say, you should be able to overcome the political side of it and appreciate them in their full beauty! This is art and should be preserved
 

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Petronius said:
^^ lol, both of you don't like it because they were done by communists. That's a very silly thing to do and say, you should be able to overcome the political side of it and appreciate them in their full beauty! This is art and should be preserved
Wrong!! I hadn't even thought of that!
 

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If you guys go to the famous Gateway Arch in Saint Louis (the symbol of the Midwest), on your way out you will see similar murals. I was shocked how similar the style is between capitalist USA and communist back then Bulgaria. Now we see it in Portugal.

I had no idea that Portugal had its affair with communism.
 

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^^ well it wasn't communism it was just a faction. The two main parties after the revolution have always been the socialists and then the Social democrats. What happened is just a rebound of so many decades of oppression
 

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Petronius said:
^^ well it wasn't communism it was just a faction. The two main parties after the revolution have always been the socialists and then the Social democrats. What happened is just a rebound of so many decades of oppression
I guess, you are lucky then. :) We experimented for 45 years and failed! :) :) :)
 

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Barragon said:
:applause:

Amazing... they're not beautiful.... but their meaning is historic !!

Great thread Pedro :applause:
EXACTLY what I was gonna say.

Very nice paintings! I didn't know that Portugal almost had a Civil War in '75. It's funny to see how little we know about our settlers :(
 

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Brett said:
I thought Portugal was more of a facist country in the mid 20th century then communist???
it was fascist until 1974, the communism did not avenge but it marked the first years after fascism :yes:
 

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Arpels said:
the mayor should take that paintings from there :(
They don't exist anymore!!! ;)
 
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