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    Armed military police were called in to prevent demonstrations in the Southern Portuguese town of Evora from developing into an angry clash between Communist and Socialist supporters on Tuesday (12 August).

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    Armed military police were called in to prevent demonstrations in the Southern Portuguese town of Evora from developing into an angry clash between Communist and Socialist supporters on Tuesday (12 August).

    The threat began when socialists held a 3,000-strong demonstration outside the Regional Military Headquarters, chanting "down with dictatorship", and other pro-moderate slogans. The rally was in support of nine moderates including former Immigration Minister Pedro Coelho, who addressed the crowd. Only 200 yards (metres) away, another 3,000 demonstrators, supporting the Communist Party, held a counter-rally.

    Evora is considered a Communist stronghold, and the Socialist protest was held in tense and provocative circumstances.

    When the rival groups surged towards each other, military police, armed with machine guns, moved in to block streets dividing the demonstrators.

    Police managed to avert the confrontation, and the threat eventually subsided.

    SYNOPSIS: In the southern Portuguese town of Evora ... further angry demonstrations underlining tension between Socialist and Communist supporters in the trouble-torn nation.

    Evora is in the heart of the rural provinces and considered a Communist stronghold. A Socialist rally held on Tuesday threatened to incite these communist demonstrators into rioting with their rival.

    Only two hundred yards separated the two groups, both about three thousand strong.

    The socialists had come out in support of nine moderate officers who have challenged the pro-Communist Prime Minster Vasco Goncalves. Armed police stood by outside the Regional Military Headquarters, as Pedro Coelho, former Minister of Immigration, addressed his supporters.

    As tension mounted, demonstrators from both sides began to surge towards each other. Military police moved in to block the streets, holding machine guns above the head of the angry crowds. Eventually, police managed to avert the clash.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6LPLMCNBVR3B60TSL87RCPH38
    Media URN:
    VLVA6LPLMCNBVR3B60TSL87RCPH38
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/08/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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