The suspension of the sole remaining non-Communist paper in Lisbon, the socialist Republica, has prompted widespread protest in Portugal to the steady slide of that nation into Communist dictatorship. But the protests have been ignored by the ruling Armed Forces Movement (AFM), much in the same way the AFM ignored the rebuke Portuguese voters gave to the Communist Party in the nation's first free election in over fifty years. The Communists were able to garner only 13 percent of the votes, far fewer than they had hoped for. Proceeding with the revolution as if nothing has happened, the top 240 men in the military government now are openly talking about establishing a "dictatorship of the Proletariat." The AFM has brought all trade unions under Communist domination. The Communists openly control the communications and transportation systems of the country.
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