• Short Summary

    Farm workers in Vila Alva -- about 250 kilometres (155 miles) southeast of Lisbon -- are demanding that a farm owned by Briton Douglas Philimore be returned to them under the conditions of Portugal's agrarian reform law.

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    GV Workers talking to newsmen outside farm fence (3 shots)
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    SV PAN FROM Workers TO police guarding property
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    SV Police talking to reporters outside farm house (3 shots)
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    SV Contracting firm workers in bulldozer PAN ACROSS farmlands
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    Background: Farm workers in Vila Alva -- about 250 kilometres (155 miles) southeast of Lisbon -- are demanding that a farm owned by Briton Douglas Philimore be returned to them under the conditions of Portugal's agrarian reform law.

    SYNOPSIS: The men took over the property last year under the terms of the law, which enables workers to confiscate foreign owned farms. They formed a collective unit named after Major Ortelo de Carvalho -- the operational commander of the April, 1974 coup in Portugal. However, the new Socialist government ordered them to give the farm back to Mr. Philimore because it was "too small to be confiscated."
    Workers in the area don't agree with the government's decision. Now national guardsmen have been brought in to prevent a new take-over.

    The farm hands claim Mr. Philimore has never worked the wheat land on the property and that he is not even living on the land, but staying in the nearby village of Vidigueira.

    The farm is currently being worked by a contracting firm. Mr. Philimore says he has been forced to use outside labour to even maintain the property. But he adds that he is determined to hold on to the farm "no matter what happens."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4Y2DYXRU05BX4XQ6CC7562LSR
    Media URN:
    VLVA4Y2DYXRU05BX4XQ6CC7562LSR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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