About eight thousand people attended a rally of the extreme Maoist Reorganising Movement of the Proletarian Party (M.
About eight thousand people attended a rally of the extreme Maoist Reorganising Movement of the Proletarian Party (M.R.P.P.) in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, on Thursday (18 December).
The party is the most extreme on the left in Portuguese politics and is considered even more leftwing than the Communist Party, which the M.R.P.P. calls "socialfascist".
The M.R.P.P. was formed in 1970 and its support comes almost entirely from the student faction. It is a small but militant group.
Among the speakers at the rally was the M.R.P.P.'s Secretary General, Arnaldo Matos and two other party officials.
The major subject which came under attack was last month's leftist rebellion in Portugal. Moves are now underway to reduce the role of the armed forces in politics and to bring about a cabinet reshuffle.
Speakers attacked the government and the moderate forces for their actions in quelling the rebellion.
Meanwhile, General Otelo Saraiva De Carvalho, one of the leaders of last year's coup against Portugal's old rightwing regime has been demoted to Major. Similarly the former Chief of Staff of the Army, General Carlos Fabiao, has been downgraded to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after the rebellion's failure.
Major Carvalho, who once said he might have become Portugal's Fidel Casto, was commander of the Copcon security force, which was disbanded after the rebellion. He was promoted to General this year and, at the age of 38, was the youngest man to achieve that rank in Portuguese history.