Friday’s parliamentary debate saw an intervention by Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho get interrupted by a rendition from the public galleries of the traditional Portuguese song "Grândola Vila Morena".
Before being removed from parliament, around 30 people were allowed to make it through the first verse of the song played as a signal to troops to launch the coup that then turned into the 25th April 1974 revolution.
In turn, Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho awaited the restoration of order calmly before commenting: "of all the ways work might be interrupted, this would seem to be in the best possible taste."
The debate itself mostly featured the prime minister and opposition Socialist Party leader António José Seguro exchanging allegations over just who was most to blame for Portugal’s current plight.
Whilst Passos Coelho pointed to the previous Socialist government, Seguro turned to the alleged consequences of the current package of austerity measures.
Furthermore, when Seguro called on the prime minister to negotiate "a new strategy for consolidating the state’s fiscal affairs," Passos Coelho called on the opposition leader to explain “to the country just what that actually means.”