The murder of Dr. Amilcar Gabral, the Portuguese Guinea nationalist leader, sparked off a demonstration?
The murder of Dr. Amilcar Gabral, the Portuguese Guinea nationalist leader, sparked off a demonstration outside the Portuguese embassy in London on Monday night (22 January).
Among the people taking part were Miss Joan Lestor, a Labour (Socialist) Member of Parliament, and Lord Gifford, a barrister (lawyer) who is chairman of the (British) Committee for Freedom in Mozambique, Angola and Guinea.
Lord Gifford handed in a petition to the Embassy while other demonstrators chanted and waved placards. Some of the placards called for an end to Britain's alliance with Portugal -- its oldest treaty, dating from the 14th century.
SYNOPSIS: Demonstrators besieged the Portuguese Embassy in London on Monday night, protesting about the murder of Dr. Amilcar Gabral. The Portuguese Guinea nationalist leader was killed in Guinea, where he was organising from exile the underground campaign against the authorities in Portuguese Guinea.
The demonstrators called for Britain to end its alliance with Portugal. portugal is Britain's oldest ally, under a treaty dating back some six hundred years.
Among the protestors was Miss Joan Lestor, a Socialist Member of Parliament, and Lord Gifford, a lawyer who is chairman of the British Committee for Freedom in Mozambique, Angola and Guinea. Lord Gifford and another committee member went to the Embassy to hand in a petition protesting against Cabral's murder. The Portuguese authorities have denied any involvement.