• Short Summary

    THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF DR. ANTONIO DE OLIVEIRA SALAZAR OF PORTUGAL WAS?

  • Description

    THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF DR. ANTONIO DE OLIVEIRA SALAZAR OF PORTUGAL WAS ALSO COMMEMORATED WHEN AN EQUESTRIAN STATUE OF A PORTUGUESE HERO OF THE 14TH CENTURY WAS UNVEILED YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AT BATALHA. THE STATUE, UNVEILED BY THE PORTUGUESE PRESIDENT, ADMIRAL AMERICO THOMAS, IS OF DOM NUNO ALVARES PEREIRA, THE CONSTABLE OF THE REALM, GENERAL AND MONK, WHO IN 1385 ENSURED PORTUGAL'S INDEPENDENCE FROM SPAIN BY DEFEATING THE POWERFUL ARMIES OF THE KING OF CASTILE AT ALJUBARROTA, NOT FAR FROM BATALHA.

    DR SALAZAR, WHO CELEBRATED HID 79TH BIRTHDAY TOMORROW (MONDAY), HAS BEEN PRIME MINISTER FOR 36 YEARS, BUT HE'S ACTUALLY BEEN IN THE GOVERNMENT FOR 40 YEARS, AND IT WAS DECIDED TO UNVEIL THE STATUE OF DOM NUNO YESTERDAY TO UNDERLINE THE LATTER ANNIVERSARY. THE CEREMONY WAS IMPRESSIVE, AND INCLUDED A GUARD OF HONOUR FORMED BY AN ARMY BATTALION AND ABOUT 600 BOYS OF THE PORTUGUESE YOUTH MOVEMENT. BATALHA, ABOUT 80 MILES (130 KMS) NORTH OF LISBON, IS ALSO THE SITE OF A MONASTERY OF OUR LADY OF VICTORY, BUILT TO COMMEMORATE THE VICTORY AT ALJUBARROTA.

    SPEAKING AT THE UNVEILING CEREMONY, PRESIDENT THOMAZ SPOKE OF THE NEED OF PORTUGUESE PEOPLE TO BE READY, LIKE DON NUNO ALVARES PEREIRA HAD BEEN READY, TO DEFEND THEIR HOMELAND, BECAUSE: "TODAY, LIKE THEN, AND LIKE ON MANY OCCASIONS, THE MOTHERLAND IS THREATENED IN ITS INTEGRITY AND IN ITS OWN SURVIVAL." THE UNVEILING CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A SOLEMN RELIGIOUS SERVICE AT THE BATALHA MONASTERY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAATFDS3NYVFC56UGMP2A8JU7B4
    Media URN:
    VLVAATFDS3NYVFC56UGMP2A8JU7B4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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