Leaders of the three main political parties in Portugal organised a public rally of support on Thursday (25 July) for the country's new military-dominated provisional Government.
GV PAN (night shot) search light across crowds at stadium.
SV's crowd waving fists and chanting.
SV PULL OUT Soares standing behind band.
SV Crowds waving fists and chanting.
SV People chanting and singing ZOOM INTO Communist party leader on rostrum.
SV Crowd chanting.
SV Crowd chanting as Communist leader waves fists.
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Background: Leaders of the three main political parties in Portugal organised a public rally of support on Thursday (25 July) for the country's new military-dominated provisional Government.
Thousands of people turned out at Lisbon's May Day Stadium to demonstrate their support for the coalition Government headed by Colonel Vasco Goncalves.
Organised by the Socialist, Democratic and Communist Parties, the rally was seen as giving public approval to Portugal's Movement of the Armed Forces, the young officers' organisation which staged the 25 April revolution.
Under a backdrop of searchlights probing the night sky and crowds chanting approval, the Socialist leader and new Foreign Minister Dr. Mario Soares addressed he rally. He was supported by the Communist Party Secretary-General and Minister without Portfolio, Dr. Alvaro Cunhal.
The second provisional Portuguese Government since the April coup was installed by Portugal's President Spinola on 17 July. It includes seven military officers.