Hundreds of thousand of Soviet citizens flocked to the centre of Moscow on Thursday (1 May) for the traditional May Day parade through Red Square.
Hundreds of thousand of Soviet citizens flocked to the centre of Moscow on Thursday (1 May) for the traditional May Day parade through Red Square. They proclaimed Soviet achievements in both war and peace but made no special effort to mark Communist successes in Indochina.
In the two hour celebration elaborate floats trundled across the cobbles, brilliantly attired young Communists, gymnasts and children put on displays, and ordinary people carried flowers, balloons and banners.
Thirteen of the 15 members of the Politburo watched the parade from the traditional vantage point on top of the Lenin mausoleum.
In Lisbon a triumphant procession of 4,000 Socialists led to uproar at a May Day rally, interrupting a speech by Prime Minister Vasco Goncalves.
Socialist leader Dr. Mario Soares and Justice Minister Francisco Salgardo Zenha led the group which shouted "the people have voted, the Socialists won".
Communists among the 50,000 crowd in the stadium broke into a storm of boos and the Socialists shouted back "Socialism yes, dictatorship no".
Earlier, the Socialist group had been denied entrance to the stadium by a left-wing group at the entrance.
The Socialists, who won 38 per cent of the vote in last week's general elections, accused the Communist-dominated trade union rally organisers of refusing to allow them to enter the stadium.
A group of about 4,000 supporters of the centre-left Popular Democratic Party (P.P.D.), which won 26 per cent of the vote, was also forcibly kept out of the rally.
Following the rally all main parties blamed one another for the uproar. Political commentators say this could cause further bitter political strife in Portugal.