• Short Summary

    About 10-thousand Lisbon citizens thronged a central square in their city on Sunday (18 January) hoping to buy farm produce at bargain prices, but all most of them got were the shivers.

  • Description

    About 10-thousand Lisbon citizens thronged a central square in their city on Sunday (18 January) hoping to buy farm produce at bargain prices, but all most of them got were the shivers.

    Extreme left-wingers had promised to organise a sale of food at cut prices in the waterfront square to demonstrate their anger at the austerity measures of the centre-left government.

    But the small amount of vegetables that arrived from ???liective farms were quickly snapped up by a few hundred buyers.

    The remainder of the crowd lingered on hopefully in the litter cold, listening to political harangues against soaring ???ood prices and the government's wage freeze. They were also entertained to protest songs from guitar bands.

    The day before, thousands of workers from communist trade unions staged a mass rally in Lisbon to protest against the austerity programme.

    The rally followed a similar demonstration a few hours earlier by extreme left-wing groups when parliamentary republican guards in armoured cars and carrying rifles turned out in force to protect the government palace.

    The use of traditionally right-wing force during the first mass leftist demonstration since the defeat of a left-wing military rebellion last November made clear the government's determination to take a firm stand.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA14DC7B25W7J4XM9BTVS30FR90
    Media URN:
    VLVA14DC7B25W7J4XM9BTVS30FR90
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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