President Costa Gomes of Portugal returned home from Romania on Monday (16 June) to face a continuing crisis in his country.
GV PAN Troops on guard outside radio station
GV Doors locked at Republica
GV Crowds gathering outside doors (2 shots)
TOP VIEW Crowds (3 shots)
TOP VIEW Traffic sweeping past crowds
Initials CL/0245 CL/0255
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: President Costa Gomes of Portugal returned home from Romania on Monday (16 June) to face a continuing crisis in his country.
A theft of arms from an important military base was followed by an abortive attack on a television station and the Revolutionary Council of the Armed Forces Movement has been holding prolonged, emergency meeting behind closed doors. A full military takeover has been predicted.
Against this unstable background the stalemate over the future of the shutdown Socialist newspaper 'Republica' remains unresolved.
The battle for its continuing editorial freedom between the Socialist management and the Communist printing workers has become almost a symbol of the root of all Portugal's current problems.
While the Socialist Party holds an unchallenged majority in the Constituent Assembly on the votes of the people, the military backs the minority Communist Party while seeming to drift ever closer to seizing total power itself.
Republica has been shutdown since May 19 when its Communist printers tried to seize the building and oust its editor. The soldiers then locked and sealed the building. The army officer in charge of the situation is obliged by law to side with the owners but has refused their demands to sack 12 of the workers alleged to be ringleaders in the trouble. They say the printers will sabotage the presses.
SYNOPSIS: Troops ringed Lisbon's radio and television stations on Monday after arms were stolen from a military base and an abortive attack made on a television station. The security crackdown came amid growing uncertainties in the country. Military leaders have been holding prolonged, emergency meetings and a total military takeover is predicted.
Against this unstable background, doors remained locked at the Republica newspaper as the stalemate between its Socialist management and Communist printing workers continued unresolved.
The struggle between the two sides has come to almost symbolise the root of Portugal's problems. While the Socialist Party holds an unchallenged majority of the votes of the people, the military backs the minority Communist Party and works against the Socialists, drifting closer to seizing total power itself.
Republica has been shut down for nearly a month. Its Communist printers tried to seize the newspaper and oust the editor. The soldiers then locked and sealed the building. The army officer in charge of the situation is obliged by law to side with the ??? but has refused demands to ??? twelve of the workers claimed to be ringleaders in the trouble. The management claims the printers will sabotage the presses if production resumes.
The newspaper's journalists -- while siding with the management -- believe Republica will resume publication next week ... but as a Communist Party organ.