Statue of António de Oliveira Salazar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal
Date of incidence: 1974

This bronze statue of former dictator António de Oliveira Salazar of Portugal was beheaded with dynamite in the 1974 “Carnation Revolution”, a military-led coup d'état, started on April 25, 1974, that replaced the dictatorship with a democracy after two years of a transitional period known as PREC. Located in Salazar’s city of birth, Santa Comba Dao, the statue’s head has been stored for over 30 years in the attic of City Hall. There is current discussion that the statue may be restored and placed in a newly planned Salazar museum.


Photo Credits
left: © Keystone,
middle: Carlos Ribeiro (1973), for the International Herald Tribune,