• Short Summary

    The Portuguese Communist Party declared its support for mutinous leftist troops as party leader Alvaro Cunhal rallied his supporters at a demonstration against the Government in Lisbon on Thursday (9 October).

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    The Portuguese Communist Party declared its support for mutinous leftist troops as party leader Alvaro Cunhal rallied his supporters at a demonstration against the Government in Lisbon on Thursday (9 October).

    With left wing soldiers refusing to quit their barracks in Lisbon and Oporto, the Communist Party has swung clearly to their side, describing their agitation as a "magnificent riposte to reactionary forces".

    The Communist Party only has one member in the sixth provisional government which is otherwise dominated by Socialists, moderates and the Popular Democratic Party (P.P.D.).

    Senhor Cunhal has appealed to President Francisco da Costa Gomes to kate "energetic action" gainst the P.P.D., which has been involved in demonstrations against the leftist elements in the armed forces.

    The Communist and their allies have been sounding the alarm about a swing to the Right ever since the Government came to power.

    However, the Government is standing firm. A Government statement charged it had ben the victim of a three week orchestrated campaign to undermine its prestige and cause its downfall. The present crisis began when the Government took action to crack down on crack down on indiscipline in the armed forces
    The statement attacked fiercely the Communist dominated news media. It referred in glowing terms to recent pro-government demonstrations by the Socialist and P.P.D. And it reprimanded as "irresponsible" all parties that opposed its drive for law and order.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2BZ3QF3ZP0154C9L393ZS5BV8
    Media URN:
    VLVA2BZ3QF3ZP0154C9L393ZS5BV8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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