• Short Summary

    About 3,000 leftists marched through the streets of Lisbon, Portugal, on Sunday (28 September) in a demonstration to mark the first anniversary of the crisis which forced former conservative President Antonio de Spinola from power.

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    About 3,000 leftists marched through the streets of Lisbon, Portugal, on Sunday (28 September) in a demonstration to mark the first anniversary of the crisis which forced former conservative President Antonio de Spinola from power.
    The march was organised by extreme-left Popular Democratic Union (UDP).
    General Spinola resigned his presidency on 30 September last year after four and half months in power. He was one of Portugal's best known soldiers.
    The General had led a seven man military junta which came to power in April, 1974 and he took over as President in May.
    He became the centre of a political storm when a book he wrote about Portuguese policy in Africa was published.
    The book proposed a political rather than military solution to the long and costly war against guerrillas in Portuguese territories.
    The views on Angola and Mozambique enranged Lisbon's rightwing political and military establishment, and when General de Spinola coupled them with further statements along these lines it led to his downfall and bitter political clashes in Portugal.
    Sunday's demonstration was vocal, but orderly and the large number of troops on hand were not needed.
    General Spinola made only one comment from his exile in Brazil, he said he believed the current Lisbon Government would be "overthrown by violence if it did not give up power peacefully."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7P4AC8A3123TMZ6Y6Z6NZ8OB7
    Media URN:
    VLVA7P4AC8A3123TMZ6Y6Z6NZ8OB7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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