• Short Summary

    Portugal's new left-wing leadership is further consolidating itself with a crack-down on suspected right-wing elements, claiming that they had planned to kill General Spionla last weekend and use his death as a pretext for an uprising against the government, which includes both Socialist and Communist Ministers.

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    Portugal's new left-wing leadership is further consolidating itself with a crack-down on suspected right-wing elements, claiming that they had planned to kill General Spionla last weekend and use his death as a pretext for an uprising against the government, which includes both Socialist and Communist Ministers.

    Because of political differences with his military supporters, General Spiola handed over the Presidency to General Francisco Da Costa Gomez on Monday (30 September). Since his resignation troops have been guarding his house.

    Left-wing troops and trade unionists have set up road blocks throughout the city and are searching for "right-wing elements" and concealed weapons.

    It has been officially announced that nearly one hundred and forty people have been arrested following Spinola's resignation. More raids and arrests are expected. Lisbon's Television Studios are under heavy guard and the Lisbon office of the French News Agency were searched by armed marines on Wednesday (2 October).

    SYNOPSIS: Because of political differences with his military supporters, General Spinola handed over the Presidency and retired to his house, which is now under heavy guard. General Spinola is reperted to be writing a book. An earlier work, "Portugal and the Future", was said to have inspired the young officers who led the April coup which gave hime the Presidency. It is these same officers who have caused his downfall.

    General Spinola is believed to have decided that for the time being, at least, he will not play any active role in politics. The General's resignation was celebrated on Wednesday by a jubilant crowd of seven thousand trade unionists at amass rally in the Lisbon Bullring.

    The authority of the Leftwing leadership in Portugal has been further consolidated with the holding of its' first Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Since General Spinola's downfall the new President, General Costa Gomes, faces formidable obstacles in his task of re-uniting the Nation. Even though he is a respected solider he may find his position between the Left and Right wings untenable.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8YXI8F1PQKAURXKXK9F5JVNTK
    Media URN:
    VLVA8YXI8F1PQKAURXKXK9F5JVNTK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/10/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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