A call by Portuguese Communists and their allies for a mass demonstration in support of the Government's nationalisation programme was answered by about 18,000 people in Lisbon on Wednesday (16 April).
GV PAN & SV Lisbon street and slogans on walls (4 shots)
GV Demonstrators along road with red flags and banners (3 shots)
GV Procession ends in mass gathering
SV & GV Crowd chanting and waving banners and fists (4 shots)
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Background: A call by Portuguese Communists and their allies for a mass demonstration in support of the Government's nationalisation programme was answered by about 18,000 people in Lisbon on Wednesday (16 April).
The demonstrators, marching behind red banners and waving clenched fists, marched to the seat of Government. They demanded the ousting of the Centre-Left Popular Democrats from Portugal's coalition ... "Where is the P.P.D? At home to watch TV" they shouted.
The Government nationalisation moves will bring transport, communications, electricity supplies, oil companies, mines, steel, breweries, tobacco, cement, shipbuilding and other industries under state control.
The moves were greeted with enthusiasm by the Communists and their allies, but the P.P.D. is the only party in the Government to have so far refrained from comment.
Striking workers are also demanding that nationalisation should be extended to Port wine -- one of the country's main exports. They paralysed the industry on Wednesday and voted to continue their strike until all wine production in northern Portugal is nationalised.