• Short Summary

    The Portuguese Communist Party leader Alvaro Cunhal fielded questions on the country's political situation at a steel workers rally in Lisbon on Thursday (2 October) amid reports - and denials - of a planned left wing coup against the Centre-Left Coalition Government.

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    The Portuguese Communist Party leader Alvaro Cunhal fielded questions on the country's political situation at a steel workers rally in Lisbon on Thursday (2 October) amid reports - and denials - of a planned left wing coup against the Centre-Left Coalition Government.

    Doctor Cunhal appeared calm and relaxed and in firm form as he called on the workers to uphold the principles of the revolution. The Communist Party has denied knowledge of any plans for a coup against the government. It has blamed the Socialist Party for stirring up the situation with false accusations.

    However the Socialists, who took to the streets in their thousands the same day as the steel workers rally to warn of a pending coup, insisted they had proof of plans to overthrow the Government by force.

    The Left regard the Socialist accusation as political manoeuvring. Meanwhile the Socialists claim credit for neutralising the coup by mobilising eighty thousand supporters on Thursday.

    SYNOPSIS: Lisbon with steel workers assembled for a rally where the Portuguese Communist Party leader Alvaro Cunhal fielded questions on the country's political situation. The rally took place amid reports - and denials - of a pending Left Wing coup against the Centre-Left Coalition Government.

    While Doctor Cunhal urged the steel workers to defend the principles of the Portuguese revolution, his party's officials were refuting allegations by the Socialist Party of a plan to seize power by force.

    Doctor Cunhal has blamed the Socialists for trying to stir up the political situation with false claims. Other left wing organisations countered likewise.

    However the Socialists -- who mobilised some eighty thousand supporters the same day as the steelworkers rally -- insisted they would prove their claims correct.

    The Northern Military Command of the Armed Forces - the region where there's been strong anti-Communist sentiment - also supported the Socialist claims.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9OBA5H0KNWM1S5LMD848LISKD
    Media URN:
    VLVA9OBA5H0KNWM1S5LMD848LISKD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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