High Point Enterprise Newspaper Archives May 10 1974, Page 11

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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - May 10, 1974, High Point, North Carolina Portuguese see growth of Freedom by John Vinocur associated press writer Lisbon Portugal apr Manuel Fernandes Videira is a plasterer a Man on a scaffold who still reaches bends coughs in a sea of White dust nine hours a Day for the equivalent of $25 in a Brown pay packet at the end of the week. He still takes the same overcrowded trolley bus downtown to work and his wife still packs him the same lunch of fish sandwiches. But for the plasterer life has changed since april 25, whoa a military coup overthrew the authoritarian regime that had ruled Portugal for 48 years. A it has to do with the Boss a says Videira. A a he a gotten very quiet All of a sudden. He s not stepping on my toes any More. He a promising raises but there s a bigger change. It s in the Way he talks. Before it was always work More work harder. Now ifs just do your Job properly and do it More than just a regime the military coup that the portuguese Call a your revolution overthrew a relationship Between people one which involved a sullen acceptance of authority and an Assurance that Power at any level would always go unchallenged. The plasterers wife works at the Lisbon University canteen and she and the other women there Felt free enough after the coup to complain about working on sundays. As a result they got weekends off. A you could say that we Are a bit of a revolutionary couple a said Videira jokingly. Life has changed too though not materially for some of the privileged class like Maria Fernanda Portugal Ribeiro an elegant woman with two grown sons and a husband who commands a Navy training ship. Her cleaning woman still comes to her town House and her Mother in Law still worries that she is too outspoken. But mrs. Ribeiro says she is no longer ashamed of her country. A i used to live Here in con Stant irritation a she ex-1 planned. A i was always nervous. When i Tell you i hated to live in this country the Way it was i am telling you the truth. I always wanted to get out. Now i feel jubilant. I want to stay and see what she said that the biggest change was in her attitude toward portuguese men. A i used to feel a lot of contempt for them. I used to think they were worthless incapable of attempting anything Noble. I know Many other women who Felt this same Way. A Friend called me up the other Day and said the biggest Surprise of the whole thing was to find out there Are some men in but the coup also brought sadness and fear to some lives and the victims of the excesses were not always the agents of the now dismembered political police. The first Days after the governments overthrow were anguish for Joao Martin Simoes who has a popular restaurant in Cascais a fishing Village turned tourist Haven near Lisbon. One Day a newspaper article identified him As an informer for the political police. A it was the Saddest Day of my life a he recalls. A you think a what can you do about something like that a How powerless you Are to say no i am not an i could imagine being called any name but not ultimately Simoes was cleared and the newspaper published a retraction. J a Friendly a voice is a As near As a your phone phone is mothers Day May 12� every mom deserves time out for fun. Shell look neat in these Sun Loving coordinates. We be got pants shorts and skirts to show off Many ways with cropped tops camisole styles halters and Short sleeved jackets. Come in. See All the pieces. So right in Blue and White flashed with yellow and Orange. Junior sizes. Shop monday thursday and Friday nights a til 9 . 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