Military police moved in between rival crowds of leftwingers and pro-government women demonstrators in Lisbon on Sunday (9 November), firing volley in the air to try to disperse them.
Military police moved in between rival crowds of leftwingers and pro-government women demonstrators in Lisbon on Sunday (9 November), firing volley in the air to try to disperse them. But neither the leftists nor the women budged.
The 800 women, most of them elegantly dressed, were trying to march past the National Assembly building after gathering at a park half a mile away for an anti-communist demonstration. But leftists blocked them just short of the Assembly building.
Earlier, chanting leftists followed the women as they marched through narrow streets.
Scuffles broke out as the women met a cordon of leftists near the Assembly building.
Jeeploads of military police moved in as women on both sides screamed at each other.
The women's demonstration was called in support of the government of Admiral Pinheiro de Azevedo against a background of heightened political tension.
The women planned to march past the Assembly building to the main square where Premier Azevedo was to address supporters from the Socialist Party, the Central Popular Democrats and the Monarchists.
The Communist Party condemned the demonstration by the women as a cover for extreme rightwing agitation and called for a prompt alert of all progressive forces in the country.