This Sunday, there are reactions to the death of Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, captain of Abril and mentor of the Carnation Revolution.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and António Costa were among the first to lament the death of Othello, with the President of the Republic saying that “it is still too early for history to appreciate it with due distance”, while the prime minister praised his “dedication and generosity”.

The President of the Assembly of the Republic, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, honored Othello, “the greatest individual symbol of the Armed Forces Movement”, which fulfilled the dream of all those who “longed to live in freedom”.

Despite the excesses that can be pointed out, namely in the period after the 25th of April, Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho was, and will always be considered, the greatest individual symbol of the Armed Forces Movement”, appears in the message of condolence from the President of the Assembly of the Republic.

According to Ferro Rodrigues, “For all the democrats, who yearned to live in freedom and democracy, Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho made this dream come true”.

At the time of his disappearance, and for his decisive contribution, it is fair to pay him the most heartfelt tribute”, praised.

The president of the PSD, Rui Rio, acknowledged “the courageous and decisive role” by Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho on the 25th of April, considering that it will be history, with exemption, that will evaluate what “did good and bad”.

The day of Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho’s death is a time to recognize his courageous and decisive role in the 25th of April and in the conquest of freedom.”, referred the president of the PSD, Rui Rio, in a publication on the social network Twitter.

For Rio, it is history that will compete, “with exemption”, to do “the global assessment of everything he’s done, good and bad”.

Today is not the day for that”, concluded.

O BE thanked the “must contribute” of Othello in the revolution that brought freedom to Portugal, considering that he was a “builder of the 25th of April”.

Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho was a builder of the 25th of April, strategist of the Revolution that brought Freedom to the country, put an end to war and colonization and opened the hope of a political and social democracy”, can be read in a note from BE.

At the time of the April captain’s death, “the Left Block appreciates this essential contribution and extends its most heartfelt condolences to the family”.

On the social network Twiiter, the block coordinator, Catarina Martins, considered that Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho is “a figure greater than its own history”.

April 25 strategist, he will always be remembered as one of the liberators of Portugal”, praised.

O PCP registered today the role of Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho on the 25th of April, considering that the moment of his death “it is not the occasion to record attitudes and positions that mark their political path”.

On the death of Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, his role in the military uprising of the 25th of April must be recorded in essence. The moment of his death is not the occasion to record attitudes and positions that mark his political path”, refers to a note from the PCP press office.

On TVI24, historian and political commentator Pacheco Pereira stated that “Othello’s death will be tribalized”, while former minister João Soares said “forgive you all the blunders” for everything you did on the 25th of April. The physician and political activist Isabel do Carmo recalled “the man who was on the side of the poor”.

The commander Manuel Begonha considers that Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho was one of the great heroes of the 25th of April.

Although we had some differences, I want to express my consideration and esteem for a man who was, without a doubt, one of the great heroes of the 25th of April and symbol of a revolution that freed us from a dictatorship”, Manuel Begonha told the Lusa agency.

For the commander, “Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho was a captivating man, with easy dialogue and strong empathy, whose presence could not go unnoticed”, adding that “some mistakes made do not erase the essentials of a notable figure in the Portuguese political scene”.

It is, therefore, with deep regret that I register his death, offering my heartfelt condolences to family and friends.”, he added.

Manuel Begonha, 77, actively participated in the entire 25th of April process, especially as a member of the Armada Class Council and the Assembly of the Armed Forces Movement. He was a delegate of the Council of the Revolution in various government commissions and a member of the 5th Division of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, where he coordinated the Cultural Dynamization Campaigns.

He is currently chairman of the board of the General Assembly of the Conquistas da Revolution Association.

the ex-military Carlos Matos Gomes highlighted Othello’s instinct to bring the people to the revolution, which without him would have been just a military coup.

The great relief of Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho is that he had the instinct to bring the people to the revolution, because otherwise 25 Abril would have been a mere military coup”, told the Lusa Carlos Matos Gomes agency.

Friend of Othello since 1972, when they both served in Guinea, the ex-military man and historian of the Colonial War recalled that it was Othello who, on April 26, 1974, was “in favor of the people coming to the streets, of the people taking a voice and participating in the political process”.

He never prevents, nor does he ever impose on Salgueiro Maia, or any of the officers involved, to keep the people away from the places of operations, with all risks” what this might imply, he added.

According to the former soldier, who with Othello participated from the beginning in the meetings of the Captains’ Movement, it was Othello who motivated “the Portuguese taking their destiny in their hands”, in the context of a political process that, “in Portugal it reveals this essential impulse which is to bring the people into social and political changes”.

A posture that Othello always took, “same as its contradictions”, he stated, highlighting it as “a unique figure in our history” it is a “popular leader who has an idea and tries to make it happen, with mistakes, perhaps with excesses”, but, without ceasing to be “a unique figure in the Portuguese political process and in the political processes that take place and that took place in Europe”, concluded.

The anti-fascist and former member of the central committee of the PCP Raimundo Narcissus evoked today Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho as the “main figure of the April 25 revolution for his role in coordinating the movement of the Armed Forces”.

Speaking to Lusa news agency, Raimundo Narciso, who was already a member of the board of the Associação do 25 de Abril, also recalled the role played by Otelo Saraiva during the “revolutionary period”, right after April 25, admitting that later , the now deceased has later become a “controversial figure”.

He is, however, from a political point of view a controversial figure, but he had the support of the left and the popular and he never stopped being a charismatic figure”, noted.

According to Raimundo Narciso, Othello’s participation in the FP-25 de Abril case ended up harming his image, but this “can’t make you forget your role in the organization”.

Othello has never ceased to be a symbolic figure of the 25th of April and who has the sympathy of the Portuguese people”, concluded Raimundo Narciso.

2021-07-25 14:07

Redaction / with Lusa

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