• Short Summary

    Fifteen thousand people attended a rally for the Communist Party's presidential candidate, Senhor Octavio Pato in Setubal, south of Lisbon on Saturday (19 June).

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    Fifteen thousand people attended a rally for the Communist Party's presidential candidate, Senhor Octavio Pato in Setubal, south of Lisbon on Saturday (19 June).

    SYNOPSIS: The Presidential election will be held in Portugal next Sunday (27 June). There are four candidates fighting for the position, with Army Chief of staff, General Antonio Eanes the clear favourite, according to Reuters. General Eanes is backed by Portugal's three strongest parties - the Socialists, the Centre Popular Democrats and the Conservative Centre Democrats. But this hasn't deterred the Communists - who are still extremely confident.

    Senhor Pato, now 51 years-old, joined the Communist party when he was a teenager. In 1961 he was captured and tortured by the secret police of President Salazar before being jailed for eight-and-a-half years because of his political beliefs. He became a full member of the central committee in 1952 and was responsible for the party newspaper, Avante.

    Accompanying Senhor Pato on stage was Communist party general-secretary, Dr. Alvaro Cunhal. Doctor Cunhal accused Major Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, representing the radical left-wing parties, of attempting to divide the vote of the armed forces and workers. In the legislative elections last April, the Communists improved their position taking more than 14 per cent of the vote.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA562HOFI6K6NBCJE0X9RGE9BTN
    Media URN:
    VLVA562HOFI6K6NBCJE0X9RGE9BTN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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