Captains, Movement of the

   An informal name for the Armed Forces Movement (MFA), the organization of career military officers that organized the overthrow of the Estado Novo in the Revolution of 25 April 1974. A significant portion of the army officers of the MFA were captains who had fought in Portugal's African colonial wars in the 1960s and 1970s. Some historians noted parallels between the Captains' Movement of 1973-74 and the movement of "Young Lieutenants" of 28 May 1926, which bloodlessly overthrew the first parliamentary republic (1910-26).

Historical dictionary of Portugal 3rd ed.. . 2014.

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