• Short Summary

    The Portuguese Prime Minister, Admiral Jose Pinheiro de Azevedo, arrived in Madeira on Thursday (19 February) -- and narrowly escaped an assassination attempt.

  • Description

    The Portuguese Prime Minister, Admiral Jose Pinheiro de Azevedo, arrived in Madeira on Thursday (19 February) -- and narrowly escaped an assassination attempt.

    The attempt occurred when a large bomb exploded on the road leading form Funchal airport to the city only minutes before the Prime Minister's convoy when a large bomb exploded on the road leading form Funchal airport to the city only minutes before the Prime Minister's convoy was due to pass.

    The bomb caused extensive damage to the road forcing the Prime Minister's car to take another route.

    Before he left Lisbon, Admiral Azevedo dismissed political opposition to him in Madeira as "more of a fiction than a reality".

    Strict security precautions were put into effect after threats of separatist demonstrations by a right wing organisation calling itself the Front for the Liberation of the Archipelago of Madeira.

    The main political party in Madeira boycotted the Prime Minister's visit. The party, the Centrist Popular Democrat Party (PPD) won more than 60 per cent of the island's vote in last year's election for the Constituent Assembly. The party claims it should have more seats in the assembly.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5CNMQPGBX81R8C7MN5FUZ4SJ9
    Media URN:
    VLVA5CNMQPGBX81R8C7MN5FUZ4SJ9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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