• Short Summary

    Lisbon has lost some of the festive air which followed the military coup of 24th, April, and is settling down to life under the new military junta.

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    Lisbon has lost some of the festive air which followed the military coup of 24th, April, and is settling down to life under the new military junta.

    The nation's capital maintained a festive air for days after the coup, which ended nearly half a century of authoritarian rule. Massive crowds filed the city's streets as the vestiges of the Caetano regime were swept away and the country saw a moss of liberal reforms introduced.

    The seven-man military junta --- headed by Cavalry General Antonio Spinola --- released political prisoners, dismantled the feared D.G.S.---the secret police, and restored civil rights and freedoms outlawed by the government of Prime Minister Marcello caetano. Caetano is now in exile on the Atlantic island of Madeira.

    The junta has also promised to liberalise the country's policies towards its African territories. It was the problem of which policies to follow in the territories which brought on the coup and the downfall of the Caetano regime.

    The junta has pledged to appoint a provisional government by the middle of this month, and to hold free general elections for a constituent assembly within a year.

    But some of the junto's reforms have led to extreme actions, particularly among workers and communist supporters, and the junta has warned that the newly-granted freedoms must not lead to class strife.

    The communist party -- acting openly for the first time in nearly fifty years -- has publicly thrown its support behind the junta, and has said it will combat its extreme elements.

    Communist slogans and other political graffitti have been scrawled on walls and monuments throughout Lisbon and red flags have been flown in prominent spots around the city.

    But the graffitti is about the only remaining sign of the capital's riotous rejoicing, and Lisbon's inhabitants are now busy discussing the long-term effects of the coup--the emergence of a free political party structure.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7JL06P2Y7YF4JQ8VA0QVZ6CQE
    Media URN:
    VLVA7JL06P2Y7YF4JQ8VA0QVZ6CQE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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