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Portugal condemns ‘dictatorship museum’ proposal

LISBON: Portugal’s parliament voted on Wednesday to condemn a plan by the hometown of the late dictator Antonio Oliveira Salazar to open a museum dedicated to his New State regime after complaints from former political prisoners and anti-fascist activists.
Local authorities in Santa Comba Dao insist the museum is not designed to glorify Salazar, who still divides opinions in Portugal more than five decades after his death. Put forward by the Communist Party, an ally of the ruling Socialists in parliament, the motion to condemn the museum said it would be an “offence to the memory of the victims of dictatorship” and an “affront to democracy”. (REUTERS)