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Left Bloc starts to move on Non-habitual Residents scheme
6252Portugal’s Left Bloc says that the Non-habitual Residents regime is "one of the main factors in real estate speculation" and wants changes to the tax treatment of European Union immigrants in the next State Budget.
 
The Left Bloc also wants to see revisions to the Golden Visa tax breaks available to non-EU foreigners.
 
Algarve emergency road repair grant will make little difference
potholesilvesEven with the announcement from the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins, that Silves will benefit from €150,000 in emergency road works, the problem of the EN124’s road surface will not be solved.
 
The council says the road needs complete resurfacing from Silves to Port de Lagos and that the money allocated to the road as part of the €1 million emergency funding for the Algarve's worst roads, notably the EN125 eastern section, will be enough only to fix the very worst sections. 
 
April 25th 1974 - four citizens shot dead in Lisbon
carnation1974It has suited politicians throughout the decades to declare Portugal's 1974 revolution 'bloodless' with happy soldiers walking around with carnations stuck in their rifle barrels and a general feling or relief and bonhomie across the land.
 
One part of this rose-tinted view of history is incorrect -  the revolution was not 'bloodless' as four members of the public died after being shot from the roof of the DGS building in Lisbon's Rua António Maria Cardoso on the afternoon of April 25th, 1974.
 
Why April 25th is a holiday - the Carnation Revolution and the events of 1974

carnationFreedom Day, Revolution Day or simply, Carnation Day, the 25th of April is a national holiday commemorating both the 1974 military coup and the first free elections on that date in 1975.

Peter Booker, the President of the Algarve History Association, writes about at the lead-up to the events in 1974 that changed Portugal from an unhappy, tense place under the Estado Novo regime, even after the death of the dictator António de Oliveira Salazar, into a fledgling democracy:

 

 

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