The streets of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon are receiving a massive clean up as part of a campaign to restore the city to being one of the cleanest in Europe.
GV Memorial in one of Lisbon's main squares with slogans painted on it (2 shots)
SV Election posters and slogans on base of statue (3 shots)
SV Workers cleaning statue of D. Pedro IV in Rossio Square (2 shots)
CU, SV Workmen on scaffolding cleaning base of statue of D. Pedro (2 shots)
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Background: The streets of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon are receiving a massive clean up as part of a campaign to restore the city to being one of the cleanest in Europe.
SYNOPSIS: What annoyed city officials the most were the posters and graffiti that had been placed in various parts of the city, Layers of posters were left over from election campaigns, announcements of rallies, strike calls and the celebration of the hundreds of events which have marked the political scene in the past couple of years.
One of the prime targets was this statue of a former King, Pedro the fourth, in Rossio Square.
Graffiti ranger from the artistic to the plain sloppy. In some places, left-wing parties used the blank walls and boardings to paint elaborate pictorial histories of the revolution's advance. But most were just posters. Now, the pictures of presidents, prime ministers, candidates, children's faces destined to attract votes, cartoons, and dimly remembered slogans are all destined for the rubbish tip.
The great clean up should be completed soon -- in time for the start of campaigning for regional elections which begin in November.