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Portugal: Prayers on Twitter for April Fools’ Day “Coup d'Etat”

Categories: Western Europe, Portugal, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Humor, International Relations, Media & Journalism

A false rumour of a coup d'etat became a trending topic – and a worlwide joke – on Twitter with the hashtag #PrayforPortugal [1]. The Spanish newspaper El PaĆ­s and The Associated Press released [2] the news that “the Portuguese President dissolved Parliament and called for calm”; netizens replied with funny messages and images of “tanks [3] and troops [4]” getting ready for revolution.