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WFTU Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Carnation Revolution

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary, the Carnation Revolution is commemorated, as a beacon of hope and a testament to the power of the people. This day is a landmark in history where ordinary people rose against oppression, to build a regime of freedom and democracy for the social and political emancipation of the workers and the people and to affirm national sovereignty and independence, embodying the spirit of solidarity, unity, resilience and militancy.

The Carnation Revolution, which took place on April 25, 1974 led to the fall of the dictatorship regime, the end of Portuguese colonialism in Africa, and the transition of Portugal from an authoritarian regime to a democratic state.

The World Federation of Trade Unions intensified its principled struggles for social justice, workers’ rights, and equality that were at the heart of this revolution. We commemorated the courage of those who stood up for their rights and changed the course of history.

This anniversary inspires us to continue the struggle for a human-centered world where social justice will prevail, and the worker will enjoy the fruits of their labor. We stand together, united, and committed to the principles of internationalism and class solidarity until the emancipation of the working class and the abolition of all kinds of exploitation and oppression.

Today, as the achievements and demands of the carnation revolution are being questioned and under attack, we salute the Portuguese working class and the class-oriented trade union movement. We express our solidarity with their struggles to complete and achieve their goals and visions.

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