The leaders of Portugal's Socialist Party, Mario Soares, said his party would fight, with arms if necessary to defend the country's freedom.
GV Crowd of socialist supporters (3 shots)
SV Demonstrators with banners and flags (3 shots)
SCU Mario Soares Socialist leader speaking
CU Supporters watch (2 shots)
SCU Dr. Soares speaking
SCU Soares on dais as crowd cheers -- then starts to speak again
CU Soares finishes speech
ZOOM OUT FROM Soares as crowd cheers and claps
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Background: The leaders of Portugal's Socialist Party, Mario Soares, said his party would fight, with arms if necessary to defend the country's freedom. Dr. Soares was speaking at a rally attended by 40,000 socialist supporters in Lisbon on Monday (23 November).
In a speech attacking the Communist party Dr. Soares said he held the Communists responsible for social and political instability in the three party government which has suspended its functions because of lack of control in the armed forces.
Dr. Soares said there were officers in the armed forces movement in the service of the Communist party and he specifically attacked radical Copcon security chief General Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho.
He said there would be no talks with the Communist Party as long as it sought to take power by force.
The following day (24 November) workers in Lisbon's left-wing industrial belt were called out on strike in a show of strength aimed at bolstering the position of General Carvalho. The two hour stoppage was timed to coincide with a meeting of the 19 man ruling Revolutionary Council which was called to decide whether the General should retain command of the Lisbon Military Region.
So far the pro-communist units in the Lisbon Military Region have thwarted attempts to shift General Carvalho from the command.