Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Pinheiro de Azevedo on Friday (20 February) dismissed an attempt on his life shortly after his arrival on the island of Madeira the night before as "mere exhibitionism by a minority group".
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Background: Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Pinheiro de Azevedo on Friday (20 February) dismissed an attempt on his life shortly after his arrival on the island of Madeira the night before as "mere exhibitionism by a minority group".
A bomb planted in a drain running beneath the main road from Madeira airport blow up a few minutes before the Premier and his armed escort wore due to pass, forcing the official convoy to take a mountain road.
The right-wing Front for the Liberation of the Archipelago of Madeira (FLAMA) had called on the population to shun the Premier's visit. FLAMA slogans calling for the island's independence from Portugal had been Moubed in white paint along the airport road.
This island's main political party the Centrist Popular Democrat Party (PPD) is angry that it has been given the same number of seats on the island's governing junta as the Socialists despite winning 60 per cent of the votes in last year's election. On friday they refused to attend a ceremony in which Admiral Azevedo swore in a now governing junta but the Prime Minister continued with his official duties and visited a hospital on the island after the ceremony.
There was more trouble for Admiral Azevedo at home. Several thousand left-wingers demonstrated in the capital Lisbon for the release of the former head of the country's security forces Major Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho. An inquiry into last November's unsuccessful military uprising in the city named Major Carvalho as the leader of the rebellion, and he is now being held in a military prison.
The Demonstrators who marched behind red flags carried banners reading "We will pull Otelo and the other revolutionaries out of the hands of the Fascists".
Most of the 150 left-wing officers and soldiers arrested after the November rising have been let out on remand. Mono has yet been charged.