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‘All things seemed possible’: photographs from the Portuguese Revolution

Photographer and artist Red Saunders was among the socialists who went to revolutionary Portugal in April 1974. His photographs capture the moment when, ‘Everywhere we went, workers were debating, discussing and arguing. Every workplace I visited, the moment I lifted my cameras solidarity fists would go up’

three people next to a changed street name during the Portuguese Revolution

You don’t need to wait for permission to change the street name to celebrate the Portuguese Revolution

Workers occupying the boss’s office

Workers occupying the boss’s office

Paratroopers celebrating the revolution in a down town bar

Paratroopers celebrating the revolution in a down town bar

Workers at a sandblasting factory

Workers at a sandblasting factory

a worker At the Airline Canteen

At the Airline Canteen

At Stebal Shipyard

At Setubal Shipyard

Another group of workers at Stebal Shipyard

Another group of workers at Setubal Shipyard

Workers raise their fists in solidarity at Setubal Shipyard

Workers raise their fists in solidarity at Setubal Shipyard

Read our interview with author and historian Raquel Varela about the Portuguese Revolution. You can hear her speak at Marxism 2024, festival of socialist ideas taking place from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 July in Central London.

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