As Portugal's political see-saw tipped towards violence again this week, 5,000 people attended a Centre Popular Democrats rally at Lisbon's Sports Pavilion on Tuesday (22 December) in support of political reform.
GV ZOOM TO SV People waving banners and cheering
SV Officials at table
SV People waving banners and chanting PULL OUT TO GV as officials stand up and wave to crowd
SV Supporters chanting
GV Officials at rostrum ZOOM INTO Secretary General of CPD Gen. Sa Carneiro
GV Crowd waving and cheering
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Background: As Portugal's political see-saw tipped towards violence again this week, 5,000 people attended a Centre Popular Democrats rally at Lisbon's Sports Pavilion on Tuesday (22 December) in support of political reform.
At least three of the country's five main political parties are understood to be in favour of revising the current pact under which the ruling Armed Forces Movement in Portugal has the power of control over future civilian governments. To gather support for their proposed revisions the parties have been holding rallies in various parts of the country and have been drawing large and enthusiastic crowds.
The current pact was signed under radical left-wing pressure last April and since them there have been numerous anti-communist riots throughout Portugal that have resulted in much bloodshed and death.
Although party spokesmen have been reluctant to go into details up to now it is understood that they will press for the pact to be revised on two main points. It is believed they will insist that Portugal's president should be elected by the people and that the present Military Council of the Revolution should be stripped of its present legislative powers.
They have been invited by the Armed Forces Movement to submit suggestions for revision of the pact by 30 December.
Leaders of political parties are currently on a busy circuit addressing rallies and at Tuesday's Lisbon gathering the leader of the Centre Popular Democrats, General Sa Carneiro, gave a rousing address in support of his party's ideals and ambitions.
SYNOPSIS: About five thousand people were at the Lisbon Sports Pavilion in Portugal on Tuesday to take part in an enthusiastic rally organised by the Centre Popular Democrats party in support of political reform.
Portugal's five major political parties have been told by the ruling Armed Forces Movement that they have until the thirtieth of December to make suggestions for the revision of a pact under which the Movement has the power to control future civilian governments.
The current pact was signed under radical left-wing pressure last April and it is understood that at least three of the five major political parties want to see a change on at least two key points. To get his party's message across Secretary General Sa Carneiro gave a rousing address at Tuesday's rally.
The main changes being pressed are for the Portuguese people to be able to choose their own President, and for the current Military Council to be stripped of its legislative powers.