About a hundred thousand Socialists staged a violent anti-military demonstration on the streets of Lisbon on Monday night (15 July), jeering Portugal's ruling Council of the Revolution and calling the Armed Forces Movement "Communists in uniform".
GV Demonstrators chanting and waving flags and banners (3 shots)
SV Broadsheet of Republica journal being handed to crowd (2 shots)
SV Soares and party officials on balcony give clenched fist salute to demonstrators ??? (3 shots)
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SV demonstrators waving flags
SV Angolan refugees disembarking bus and walking into airport building (2 shots) (MUTE)
SV INT Refugee boy being hugged by relatives as others look on (MUTE)
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Background: About a hundred thousand Socialists staged a violent anti-military demonstration on the streets of Lisbon on Monday night (15 July), jeering Portugal's ruling Council of the Revolution and calling the Armed Forces Movement "Communists in uniform".
Socialist party leader Mario Soares told the rally that the Portuguese people were becoming increasingly discontented and would never agree to live in as concentration camp.
The Socialists called for the removal from office of Prime Minister Vasco Goncalves and denounced General Otelo Carvalho, head of the Copcon internal security fitch.
Before the mass demonstration, Portugal's military leaders met to try and find as way out of the political and economic crisis. With nearly 300,000 unemployed, sagging production, huge balance of trade and payments deficits, a run on gold and foreign currency reserves, and a growing exodus of technocrats the country is in a dire plight.
The entire situation has been worsened and complicated by the near civil war in Portugal's west African colony, Angola. Renewed bloody fighting in the capital, Luanda, has left an estimated 300 dead and driven hundreds more back to Portugal to seek safety.