Portuguese workers were split by a Communist call for a half-hour general strike on Tuesday (19 August) afternoon.
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Background: Portuguese workers were split by a Communist call for a half-hour general strike on Tuesday (19 August) afternoon.
In Lisbon, pro-Communist workers downed tools in support of the call, which brought on angry clashes between strikers and people protesting against the stoppage. Buses and cars were attacked in stone throwing incidents.
The stoppage was backed by pro-Communist Prime Minister Vasco Goncalves, and opposed by the Socialist party, which appealed to workers to ignore it. It was called in a gesture of protest against the wave of violence in the conservative north, where Communist offices have been sacked and burned.
The Communist-backed Intersindical Trade Union movement claimed 80 per cent of workers in the centre and south of the country stopped work. But although traffic in Lisbon's Avienda da Liberaade was brought to a standstill, there was little sign that the strike call had been heeded by the majority of workers.