March 26, 2007
Former dictator Salazar chosen as greatest Portuguese of all time by TV viewers (Joana Mateus, 3/27/07, Associated Press)
Former dictator Antonio Oliveira Salazar was chosen as the greatest Portuguese of all times by viewers of a TV show.
Salazar, prime minister of a repressive right-wing regime also known as the New State from 1932 to 1968, received 41 percent in Sunday evening's final of "Great Portuguese."
The show, broadcast by state-owned RTP, asked viewers to choose people who had contributed to the greatness of Portugal's history. Ten figures were selected for voting, from statesmen like the Marquis de Pombal to explorers like Vasco da Gama.
Salazar's secret police, PIDE, used detentions without trial, torture and kangaroo courts to keep opponents off the streets.
What sentient being would prefer the opponents to have won and turned Iberia into the sort of Gulag they created in Eastern Europe? Posted by Orrin Judd at March 26, 2007 8:02 PM