• Short Summary

    The release from detention of the former Portuguese President, Antonio de Spinola, -- who had returned to Portugal after 18 months in exile -- has aroused considerable left-wing protest.

  • Description

    The release from detention of the former Portuguese President, Antonio de Spinola, -- who had returned to Portugal after 18 months in exile -- has aroused considerable left-wing protest.

    SYNOPSIS: On Friday about 8,000 demonstrators took to the streets to march on the National Assembly. Senhor Spinola -- now reduced to the public title 'comrade' after being stripped of his army rank of General -- arrived from exile in Brazil.

    He was immediately arrested and questioned. He fled the country in March last year following the failure of a right-wing coup aimed at restoring him to power. He was one of the original architects of the revolution which toppled the right-wing dictatorship in 1974, but resigned the Presidency five months later after losing a power struggle with radical left-wing army officers. His release on Thursday followed a judge's rule that there was insufficient evidence to link him with the 1974 plot.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7HF0005XKXJLEI9YLVH8H5MJU
    Media URN:
    VLVA7HF0005XKXJLEI9YLVH8H5MJU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/08/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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