Portugal's President Francisco da Costa comes Put Lisbon under curfew and declared a partial state of siege on Tuesday (25 November) night after a rebellion by radical left wing troops.
CU ZOOM OUT gun barrel TO tank with troops sitting on it PAN TO road (4 shots)
GV Rebel paratroopers and air force police taking up position by barracks at air base ( 3 shots)
SV Aeroplane over base TILT DOWN TO rebel troops on guard (2 shots)
GV Dissident troops behind locked gates, occupying radio and television station and standing behind locked gates (2 shots)
REBEL TROOPS SITTING ON TANK OUTSIDE AIR FORCE BASE: REBEL PARATROOPERS WITH MILITANT AIR FORCE POLICE OUTSIDE SECOND AIR FORCE BASE : AEROPLANE OVERHEAD: LEFT WING TROOPS BEHIND LOCKED GATES AFTER TAKING OVER LISBON'S RADIO AND TELEVISION STATION.
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Background: Portugal's President Francisco da Costa comes Put Lisbon under curfew and declared a partial state of siege on Tuesday (25 November) night after a rebellion by radical left wing troops.
On tuesday morning left wing paratroops units and militant air force police took up positions around three air bases. They also occupied the radio and television station in the centre of Lisbon.
The paratroopers were protesting against plans to disband their left wing regiment and the removal of left wing security chief General Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho. General Carvalho was replaced by a moderate Officer Loyal to the government -- Captain Vasco Laurenco.
But later in the day the uprising appeared to be collapsing when the government regained control of the key broadcasting stations.
Loyalist commandos also recaptured the Monsanto airforce headquarters from mutinous paratroopers. Three civilian were wounded there when the commandos opened fire to clear a crowd.
For over a week there had been fears of a left wing coup in Lisbon, and the rebel paratroopers' takeover of military headquarters brought to a head months of tension within Portugal over who controls the armed forces.
Paratroopers surrendered as loyalists were about to attack at some of the bases and on Tuesday night at least it looked as though the government were back in control.
SYNPOSIS: The Portuguese capital Lisbon on Tuesday morning when rebel paratroopers staged the left-wing coup the government had been fearing for over a week. The paratroop units took up position around three air force bases . The paratroopers were protesting against plans to disband their regiment, and the removal of left wing Security Chief General Otelo saraiva de Carvalho.
Another air force base--where militant air force police helped the paratroopers with their take over. The action brought to a head months of tension within Portugal over who controls the armed forces. But later in the day loyalist commandos retook the Monsanto air force headquarters and the paratroopers also surrendered elsewhere.
On Tuesday night government air force jets bombed rebel positions in a show of force but so far the only reports of casualties have been three civilians wounded when loyalist commandoes opened fire to clear a crowd.
The paratroopers also occupied the radio and television stations in the centre of Lisbon. These were also retaken and late on Tuesday night it looked as though the government were back in control of the capital.