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Portugal: The revolution of 1974-1975

The Portuguese experience between 1974 and 1976 shows that revolutionary activity does not develop as the result of strategies devised by system analysts or bourgeois planners … It emerges in the course of the struggle itself, and its most advanced … Continue reading

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For Mário Cesariny

… true democracy will only be possible when all men are poets. But this … [is] … not democracy – but ANARCHY! António Maria Lisboa, “Uma carta de António Maria Lisboa”, in Mário Cesariny, A Intervenção Surrealista I believe in … Continue reading

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In solidarity: The Libertarian Cultural Centre of Almada

For a new space for the Centro de Cultura Libertária/Libertarian Cultural Center! The space that the Libertarian Cultural Centre (Almada, Portugal) has occupied and rented for almost 50 years is again in danger. The continued pressure exerted by gentrification and … Continue reading

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Portugal: Histories of rebellion, histories of anarchism

Every year, since 1974, the portuguese state, through its politicians and institutional “nobility”, commemorates the 24 of April, as the birthday of the country’s democracy. Ignored, forgotten, brushed away, is the “revolution” occasioned by the military coup d’état of that … Continue reading

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Song is a weapon: For José Mário Branco (1942-2019)

José Mário Branco was musician, song writer, composer, poet and militant. Though largely unknown outside portugal and lusophone countries, he was a central figure, among others (e.g. José Afonso), in what came to be known in his country as “musica … Continue reading

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Remembering a revolution: Portugal 1974-5

On this, the 45th anniversary of the portuguese revolution, we share a brief account of the revolutionary events of 1974-75 by Raquel Varela (excerpted from her monograph, A Peoples’ History of the Portuguese Revolution, Pluto, 2019) and published at Roarmag.

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Celebrating an anniversary: The 100 years of the anarchist newspaper A Batalha

We share below, in translation, a text that appears on the portuguese website, Portal Anarquista, marking the one hundredth anniversary of the anarchist newspaper, A Batalha.  We do so for the newspaper’s historical significance, as a testimony to a tradition in anarchism of publishing as an intrinsic part … Continue reading

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Tourism: The spectacle of travel

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust A celebration of the Left Hand Rotation’s documentary film, “Fascínio”. Tourism is the highest form of alienation in our time. The modern traveler is divorced from all relations to place and … Continue reading

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A call for solidarity: The libertarian cultural centre of Almada

Anarchist social centres constitute fragile points of passage for anti-capitalist archipelagos of resistance.  Their fragility is born of the (ever increasing) restrictions of private property and State opposition.  Yet they are often the only link to rebellious pasts and radical … Continue reading

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Voices from an okupation: The assembleia de occupação de Lisboa

Ongoing reflections on an okupation in Lisbon (continuing a discussion) … The essay below, which we share in translation, is by Tiago F. Duarte, a member of the Assembleia de occupação de Lisboa, a collective responsible for the recent occupation … Continue reading

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