Conservative Centre Democrat Party leader, Diogo Freitas do Amaral, told 6,000 shouting supporters at a rally in northern Portugal on Sunday (28 March) that the party would "play to win" in next month's election.
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SV General Galvao de Melo on dais
SV Supporters waving flags and chanting
SV Party leader Diogo Freitas do Amaral waving to crowd
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Background: Conservative Centre Democrat Party leader, Diogo Freitas do Amaral, told 6,000 shouting supporters at a rally in northern Portugal on Sunday (28 March) that the party would "play to win" in next month's election.
He was greeted with loud chanting of "we don't want the past, we don't want the present, we want Galvao de Melo as president".
General Galvao de Melo, a former member of Portugal's ex-ruling junta, told the rally the electorate should not let itself be fooled by those in power "who had sold the colonial empire to Russia and Cuba".
Security forces were rushed to Povoa do Varzim, where the rally was held, to disperse a group of left-wingers who shouted "fascists", and stoned cars of the right-wingers travelling to the rally.
The rally was held at the local bullring, at the end of a weekend conference to plan strategy for the parliamentary election next month.
It was the biggest party conference since last January, when police had to evacuate hundreds of DCS officials trapped in a meeting hall in Oporto for 14 hours by thousands of left-wingers.
The CDS won seven per cent of the vote in last year's election, but it is expected to do better this election.
SYNOPSIS: Portugal's Conservative Centre Democratic party held a big rally at the bullring in the fishing village of Povoa do Varzim on Sunday, at the end of a strategy conference for next month's elections. About 6,000 CDS supporters shouting slogans and waving flags crowded into the bullring to hear party leaders speak.
General Carlos Galvao de Melo, former member of the country's ex-ruling junta, told his supporters not to be fooled by those in power.
Party leader, Diogo Freitas do Amaral told the cheering crowd the conference had decided the party would "play to win" in the elections.
The party, which won seven per cent in last year's election, held another large conference in January, when hundreds of CDS officials had to be evacuated from a hall in Oporto, where they had been trapped for 14 hours by left-wingers.