• Short Summary

    British Farmer, Patrick Wardle, has started proceedings to recover his 1,200 acre farm which was seized by a group of 50 Portuguese farm workers on Sunday (19 October).

  • Description

    British Farmer, Patrick Wardle, has started proceedings to recover his 1,200 acre farm which was seized by a group of 50 Portuguese farm workers on Sunday (19 October).

    Mr. Wardle on Monday (20 October) visited the Elves branch of the Portuguese Agrarian Reform Administration and talked to Britain's Ambassador to Portugal, Nigel Trench, by telephone.

    Mr. Trench is urgently seeking meetings with Portugal's foreign and agriculture minister in an attempt to clarify the situation.

    Mr. Wardle, his wife and his seven-year-old son were given 30 minutes to leave the farmhouse where they have lived for the past two and a half years, when the group of workers invaded the property at Campo Maior, about 120 miles from Lisbon.

    The incident is now seen as a test case for the Land Reform and Company Nationalisation Act passed in Portugal earlier this year.

    Foreign farms and firms are exempt from State Intervention under the forms of the Act.

    The few foreign farmers around Mr. Wardle--three British, one branch, and two Spanish--are now extremely worried about their property. There are also another 12 British owned farms to the south in the Alentejo plains region.

    Mr. Wardle is also trying to get Portuguese Army help to recover the personal belongings he left behind..but so far local military commanders say they have no power to authorise any such action.

    The British farmer's neighbours are planning to take matters into their own hands.

    They've formed small groups to stand guard around their properties, and say they will use force to repel any invasions.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7S1PBB9GVASEEM55ZARY5PALC
    Media URN:
    VLVA7S1PBB9GVASEEM55ZARY5PALC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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