• Short Summary

    Several thousand people took part in rallies in Lisbon and Oporto, Portugal, on Thursday (11 March) to commemorate the abortive right wing uprising of 11 March last year.

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    Several thousand people took part in rallies in Lisbon and Oporto, Portugal, on Thursday (11 March) to commemorate the abortive right wing uprising of 11 March last year.

    The attempted uprising by paratroops and air force units was successfully quelled by the left wing leadership and forced former President, General Spinola, to flee the country.

    There was only one military casualty in the coup - a soldier of the First Artillery Regiment based in Lisbon - and in a show of nostalgia at Thursday's rally, a crowd of civilians marched to the Regiment's barracks to place a wreath in memory of the dead soldier there.

    Later a crowd of 3,000 gathered opposite the barracks to show support for the left wing officers who had put down the attempted revolt.

    SYNOPSIS: Large crowds gathered in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon on Thursday to mark the anniversary of an unsuccessful attempted coup by right-wing forces. The crowd gathered outside the barracks of the First Light Artillery Regiment to honour a soldier who was the only military casualty in the abortive coup which started when right-wing forces surrounded the barracks last year. The former President, General Spinola, had to flee the country after the attempt.

    The leftist demonstrators were celebrating the foiled uprising which cemented pro-Communist control of Portugal.

    Another big crowd also gathered in the northern city of Oporto to celebrate the anniversary. The right wing, led by General Spinola, was discredited as a result of the failure, and the Armed Forces Movement and the left-wing political parties strengthened their grip on the country. General Spinola himself had come to power after a coup in April, 1974, which overthrew the 50-year-old right-wing dictatorship.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3SL3S9RBFCZ3D30VVWTSS49FX
    Media URN:
    VLVA3SL3S9RBFCZ3D30VVWTSS49FX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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