• Short Summary

    In Portugal, the first tentative steps forward free elections promised by General Antonio De Spinola has come with the release from prison of political prisoners and the return from exile of Socialist leader Mario Soruces, With the return of calm, stranded foreign tourists and businessmen began leaving when the Junta ordered airport re-opened.

  • Description

    In Portugal, the first tentative steps forward free elections promised by General Antonio De Spinola has come with the release from prison of political prisoners and the return from exile of Socialist leader Mario Soruces, With the return of calm, stranded foreign tourists and businessmen began leaving when the Junta ordered airport re-opened.

    However, despite the release of prisoners, General Spinola cautioned that any attempt to exploit popular feeling at the end of more than 40 years of dictatorial rule would be quashed.

    At a briefing for Portuguese newspaper editors of the liberal opposition, General Spinola warned that force would be sued if necessary to keep order for the time being. At the briefing, the Portuguese leader said that if Portugal's African territories opted for his federal-type solution to their problems it would be a triumph for them and for Portugal.

    Portuguese socialist leader, Mario Sources, ended his five years of exile the day after the briefing when he was given a hero's welcome at Lisbon's main railway station.

    The night before Mr. Soruces' arrival in Lisbon, thousands of people -- many of them left-wingers who have had no legal political expression in Portugal -- marched through the streets of the city. the offices of the newspaper Epoca, the mouthpiece of the former Government, were sacked. Others smashed bank and office windows and attacked people suspected of being members of the now-disbanded political police. A rash of armed robberies and other violence was also reported.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1IZT31FOFYBYY3ABFOZ4Y0OZY
    Media URN:
    VLVA1IZT31FOFYBYY3ABFOZ4Y0OZY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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