• Short Summary

    About 20,000 people turned out for a mass rally in Lisbon on Thursday (16 January) night to back the Portuguese Socialist Party in opposing a Communist-sponsored scheme to unite all trade unions in one confederation.

  • Description

    About 20,000 people turned out for a mass rally in Lisbon on Thursday (16 January) night to back the Portuguese Socialist Party in opposing a Communist-sponsored scheme to unite all trade unions in one confederation.

    Dr. Francisco Salgado Zenha, the Socialist Justice Minister, attacked the proposed law as a betrayal of trade union liberty.

    He accused the communist party of flaunting the rules of democracy, waging an anti-socialist campaign -- and trying to install a single trade union movement similar to that under the old right-wing regime overthrown by last April's military coup.

    As the excited crowd chanted "Down with Social Fascism" and "Down with dictatorship", Dr. Salgado Zenha said: "What is at stake is the question of liberty in Portugal, a liberty which for some weighs tons and for others only a few milligrams".

    But he declared he had no intention of resigning over the affair.

    The Socialists and Centre-Left Popular Democrats (P.P.D.) are opposed to the scheme because they fear it will mean the big Communist-sponsored unions will dominate all the others.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1B0PPGLAJBTJIROT58KKXC2NY
    Media URN:
    VLVA1B0PPGLAJBTJIROT58KKXC2NY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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