Portuguese peasants have occupied an 8,000 hectare (20,000 acre) estate near the village of Eireira about 48 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of Lisbon.
LV AND CU Gates to estate guarded by farmworkers (3 shots)
TRAVEL SHOT THROUGH Estate
GV Main farmhouse
SV PAN Farm equipment in shads
LV PAN AND CU Farmworkers being addressed by leader with megaphone at meeting in yard (4 shots)
SV Farmworkers raise their arms and applaud
GV PAN Part of the estate
Background: Portuguese peasants have occupied an 8,000 hectare (20,000 acre) estate near the village of Eireira about 48 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of Lisbon. The estate belongs to the heirs of the Duke of Lafoes.
A meeting of the peasants on Wednesday (30 April) discussed the owners' proposal that some of the labourers should be allowed to use part of the land, pending agrarian reforms to be published in three months time.
The labourers rejected this proposal and decided to continue their occupation of the whole estate.
They are guarding the estate against intruders. They are also watching over the farm equipment, much of which has already been removed by the estates' owners.
The peasants also sent a delegation to Lisbon to discuss the occupation of the estate with the Ministry of Agriculture.