At a massive rally in Lisbon today, the crowd sang Grandola, Vila Morena, the anthem of the country’s carnation revolution in the 1970s which overthrew the fascist regime. Grandola, Vila Morena tells of the solidarity amongst the people of Grandola, and was played at a concert in Lisbon on the 24 March 1974 by José Afonso. The audience joined in enthusiastically, uniting the crowd as one. For this reason, on 25 April 1974, at 12:20 the song was broadcast on Portuguese radio as a signal to start the revolution. It has come to symbolise the revolution and the beginning of democracy in Portugal.
On 16 February 2013, the Portuguese prime minister was interrupted as he spoke in parliament, by protestors singing this song from the public gallery, to show their opposition to the government’s social and economic policies.
Left Unity is active in movements and campaigns across the left, working to create an alternative to the main political parties.
Events and protests from around the movement, and local Left Unity meetings.
Thursday 31st May
Transform #4 launch event: full details here
Saturday 9 June
the Empire Strikes Back in Latin America
VSC Day School; more details here
Saturday 16 June, 11.00 -18.00
Left Unity 2018 National Conference
Left Unity’s annual national conference.
Friday 13th July
Together against Trump national demo
2pm in central London
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Sunday 19 August, 14.00-15.00
Peterloo Massacre 2018 Commemorative Rally & Picnic
In Manchester, hosted by Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils. More info on Facebook
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