The leader of Portugal's Communist Party, Senhor Alvaro Cunhal, attacked the country's ex-President, General Antonio de Spinola, during a news conference in Lisbon on Tuesday (8 October).
SV Alvaro Cunhal (white haired) with translators
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SV Cunhal speaking in Portuguese with translators following in French and English.
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Background: The leader of Portugal's Communist Party, Senhor Alvaro Cunhal, attacked the country's ex-President, General Antonio de Spinola, during a news conference in Lisbon on Tuesday (8 October).
Senhor Cunhal occupies the post of Minister without Portfolio in the Portuguese Government, and his public censure of General Spinola is the first Government-sourced attack to be made on the ex-President since his resignation earlier this month.
During the news conference, Senhor Cunhal accused General Spinola of attempting to establish a personal dictatorship in Portugal. He went on to criticise the foreign press for what he called misrepresentation of the role of the Communist party in Portugal since the April coup. He denied suggestions that the Party was making "tranquillising statements" whilst taking advantage of its experience in underground work to prepare for a takeover.
The Communist Party has emerged as the best-organised political group in Portugal since the April coup. Much of its support derives from the Trades Union movement, and this support was evident last Sunday (6 October) when the Communist Party leadership echoed the Government's call for an extra day's work. The call to work on sunday - the traditional Latin day of rest - was answered by a large section of the Portuguese people in an effort to assist the country's economy.
SYNOPSIS: Senhor Alvaro Cunhal, Secretary-General of the Portuguese Communist Party held his first news conference in three months in Lisbon on Tuesday. Senhor Cunhal occupies the position of Minister Without Portfolio in the Portuguese Government.
Speaking in Portuguese, with French and English translators beside him, Senhor Cunhal launched the first attack from a government source on ex-president Spinola. He accused General Spinola of attempting to establish a personal dictatorship along the lines of the overthrown Caetano regime. General Spinola resigned last week after a shown-down with more radical government members with brought the country to the brink of civil war.