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Why is May 1st a holiday in Portugal?

Published on 01/05/2017

In Portugal, the 1 May celebration (“Primeiro de Maio”) was harshly repressed during the right-wing dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar and Marcelo Caetano.

Since the Carnation Revolution on 25 April 1974, Worker’s Day (Dia do Trabalhador) is celebrated by unions but as well by several leftist political parties with parades and demonstrations.


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