|The revolution was over quickly. The Portuguese, at least in Portugal, have a strong sense of comunitas, the sense of being one people. Portuguese
troops refused to fire on fellow Portuguese and to a large extent went over to the rebels (the Movimento das Forças Armadas). The next day there were over 80 political parties and the streets were filled with people and soldiers with carnations in their gun barrels.
In the expected uncertainty of post-revolution political jockeying there were curfews, late-night running of roadblocks while barhopping (until I heard a machine gun chamber a round once), and shortages of basics like cooking oil, but there was little violence and things settled down as cooler heads prevailed.
In Tunis, by comparison there have been immolations, running battles in the street, beatings and by all accounts it is not over. I know less about Tunisia than Portugal but they have about the same population and had similar oppressive regimes (Salazar/Caetano in Portugal and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia). The mystery is the dynamics of the two societies and how one can be so peaceful and the other so bloody. – carlos