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.
GV Crowds at sale of cheap farm products. (2 shots)
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LV Flag (Peoples Commune).
SV People standing around. (3 shots)
GV Crowds with banners chanting. (2 shots)
GV Crowd applauds.
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Background: 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.