The President of the Republic has already reacted to the death of Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, considering that “it is still too early for History to appreciate him with due distance”.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa recalled, however, that the captain of Abril “was the top protagonist at a decisive moment” for the country, the Revolution that ended the dictatorship.
It is still too early for history to appreciate it with due distance. However, the capital importance of the 25th of April seems unquestionable, the symbol that constituted a political-military line during the revolution, which remains in the memory of many Portuguese associated with controversial moves at the beginning of our Democracy, and which aroused passions , such as rejections”, can be read in the note posted on the President’s website.
The President remembered Othello as “one of the most active captains of April”, who “exercised very important functions during the revolution and ran for President of the Republic in 1976”.
Removed from power following November 25, 1975, he would be considered, by the courts, involved in FP25, convicted and amnesty”, he remembered too.
Marcelo said he was “aware of the deep cleavages that his personality created and raises in Portuguese society”, recalling, therefore, his speech on the last 25th of April, “about the acceptance that the Portuguese should seek to build, every day, in relation to their Homeland History”.
The President also presented his feelings to the family and the 25 de Abril Association.
Government speaks of “decisive dedication and generosity”
António Costa also lamented the death of Othello, whose “dedication and generosity were decisive for the bloodless success of the Carnation Revolution”.
For this reason, and rightly so, it became one of its symbols. On this day of sadness, we honor the memory of Othello, as one of those to whom we all owe the liberation consummated on the 25th of April and, therefore, who we are today”, underlined the prime minister, in a note released by his cabinet.
“Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho was the operational coordinator of the military action of the Armed Forces Movement, which, on April 25, 1974, overthrew the Estado Novo regime, putting an end to the longest dictatorship of the 20th century in Europe and opening the way to democracy”, he remembered, still, the note.