In Portugal a new left-wing workers' movement has been formed drawing inspiration from the former operational commander of the 1974 military coup, Major Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho.
In Portugal a new left-wing workers' movement has been formed drawing inspiration from the former operational commander of the 1974 military coup, Major Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho. The flamboyant 24-year-old Mayor, runner up to General Antonio Ramalho Eanes in the 1976 presidential elections, has been attending the movement's initial rallies and has been receiving warm ovations whenever he appears.
SYNOPSIS: There was a large crowd of supporters at his rally at the Campo Pequeno Bullring in Lisbon. The movement has provisionally called itself the Unitarian Organisation of Workers and draws its inspiration from the forces behind Major Saraiva de Carvalho in the country's last president campaign.
But the Major does not speak at the rallies. As a serving officer still awaiting trial for his alleged role in the turbulent days leading up to an unsuccessful left-wing military rising in November 1975, he is banned from making public statements.... and he has spent time in a military prison for disobeying the order in the past.
Delegates spoke nostalgically of 1975 when workers took over farms and factories and the Major headed the operational command of the radical armed forces movement. They also attacked the Communist party for failing to prevent the revival of what they called right-wing reactionary forces.