The Carnation Revolution was a military coup in Lisbon, Portugal on 25 April 1974 which overthrew the regime of dictatorship. The revolution started as a military coup organized by the Movimento das Forcas Armadas (Armed Forces Movement), composed of military officers who opposed the regime, but the movement was soon coupled with an unanticipated and popular campaign of civil resistance. This movement would lead to the fall of the dictatorship and the withdrawal of Portugal from its African colonies. The name "Carnation Revolution" comes from the fact no shots were fired and when the population took to the streets to celebrate the end of the dictatorship and war in the colonies, carnation flowers were put into the muzzles of rifles and on the uniforms of the army. The Portuguese celebrate the national holiday of Freedom Day on 25 April every year to celebrate the revolution.
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