• Short Summary

    Rival groups of demonstrations fought running battles in smoke-field streets in Oporto, Portugal, on the night of Friday-Saturday (10 and 11 October) as gunfire and explosions shook the city.

  • Description

    Rival groups of demonstrations fought running battles in smoke-field streets in Oporto, Portugal, on the night of Friday-Saturday (10 and 11 October) as gunfire and explosions shook the city.

    Troops only intervened hours after the fighting began and seemed unable to control the situation as yelling bands of helmeted youths chased each other through the streets brandishing iron bars and flaming torches. Hospital sources said that at least 54 people were injured during the first five hours of rioting.

    The troubles began as 20,000 socialists gathered in the main square to hear their leader Mario Soares. A small group from the Movement for the Re-organisation of the Proletarian Party (MRPP) tried to set fire to the nearby offices of the Popular Democratic Union (UDP), but was beaten back by a barrage of percussion grenades and rifle fire.

    Police sprayed the UDP building briefly with machine-gun fire bet later retreated. UDP reinforcements eventually arrived to rescue their trapped comrades and the rival groups stoned each other in pitched battles until the arrival of troops diverted the fighting to other parts of the city.

    The attack was apparently in retaliation for the death of an MRPP leader who was drowned after being thrown into the Tagus river in Lisbon by UDP supporters earlier this week.

    SYNOPSIS: Twenty thousand turned out in the main square of Portugal's second largest city of Oporto on Friday night for a rally attended by their leader Mario Soares.....

    With political fervour running at fever pitch in Portugal these days it was hardly surprising that he was mobbed on his arrival - but the events that followed escalated into a fullscale riot with rival groups of demonstrators fighting running battles in smoke-filled streets as gunfire and explosions shook the city.

    Hospital sources said that at least fifty-four people were injured during the first five hours of fighting.

    While the socialist rally was in progress a small group from the Movement for the Reorganisation of the Proletarian Party tried to set fire to the nearby offices of the Popular Democratic Union, but was beaten back by percussor grenades an d rifle fire. Troops only intervened hours after the fighting began and seemed unable to control the situation as bands of helmeted youths chased each other through the streets brandishing iron bars and flaming torches.

    Police sprayed the UDP building with machine-gun fire but later retreated. UDP reinforcements eventually arrived to rescue their trapped comrades and the rival groups stoned each other in pitched battles until troops arrived and diverted the fighting to other parts of the city.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA91JPVHRCK7552E9IS3Q139B1N
    Media URN:
    VLVA91JPVHRCK7552E9IS3Q139B1N
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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