Many observers in Portugal believe the country may swing to the right at general elections in December in line with a European trend.
Many observers in Portugal believe the country may swing to the right at general elections in December in line with a European trend. But whether the swing will produce a parliamentary majority for a alliance of right-wing parties and a stable government is another matter. The right-wing Democratic Alliance staged a rally in the Communist stronghold of Evora at the weekend (18 November). And a Communist rally was staged in the traditionally conservative capital of Oporto.
SYNOPSIS: Evora is in Portugal's Alentejo grain belt--a Communist strong-hold. Loudspeakers announced the right-wing Democratic Alliance rally which was held in the local bullring.
All three of the Alliance leaders--representing the Popular Social Democrats, the Centre Social Democrats and the Popular Monarchist parties attended the rally. They took the opportunity to attack what they called the Communist control of the Alentejo farming region and claimed that as long as the party controlled the area it would not flourish.
The crowd was estimated at more than four thousand and speakers at the rally said this was proof that the people of Evora and Portugal are looking for a chance of government.
The Communist rally in Oporto attracted tens of thousands of people.
They were addressed in the city square by Party Secretary-General Alvaro Cunhal. He stepped up his attacks on both the Socialist Party and the right-wing Alliance.
Mr. Cunhal warned that vote for the Socialist was a vote for uncertainty because they might make post-electoral alliances. And he said a vote for the Democratic Alliance would mean a return to pre-revolutionary conditions.