• Short Summary

    Thousands of left-wing demonstrators gathered at The Belem Presidential Palace in Lisbon on Thursday (20 November) to protest the Government's decision to suspend its activities.

  • Description

    Thousands of left-wing demonstrators gathered at The Belem Presidential Palace in Lisbon on Thursday (20 November) to protest the Government's decision to suspend its activities.

    Earlier in the day, the Government, headed by Prime Minister Admiral Jose Pinheiro de Azevedo, said it would stop functioning until President Francisco da Costa Gomes gave it a guarantee of military support.

    The move is seen as a means of forcing the military to shuffle its commands to curb left-wing agitation which climaxed in a 36-hour siege of the Prime Minister's office last week.

    The communist Party, which holds one portfolio in the Government, organised the rally and called on the Government to resign.

    President Costa Gomes returned from a meeting elsewhere to address the rally later in the evening. He told the crowd that civil war was not a suitable means to resolve the crisis, calling instead for a period of tranquillity during which time the country could "remould its administration and social system".

    The latest crisis in Portugal caused Communist Party chief Dr. Alvaro Cunhal to cut short his visit to Eastern Europe and return to Portugal, where he was greeted by thousands of supporters on Friday (21 November).

    During his visit to Hungary, Dr. Cunhal said his party would not attempt to seize power by force.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABX4YXG59JSM8BO539D98HFMUE
    Media URN:
    VLVABX4YXG59JSM8BO539D98HFMUE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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