• Short Summary

    Left wingers in Portugal are continuing their protest against the former Portuguese President Antonio de Spinola, who has returned to Portugal after 17 months' exile.

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    Left wingers in Portugal are continuing their protest against the former Portuguese President Antonio de Spinola, who has returned to Portugal after 17 months' exile.

    SYNOPSIS: On Saturday (21 August) 4,000 people joined in a mass rally against the former president. Senhor Spinola--now reduced to the public title 'citizen' after being stripped of his army rank of general --arrived from exile in Brazil 12 days ago. He was immediately arrested and questioned. The former president fled the country in March last year following the failure of a right-wing coup aimed at restoring him to power.

    Senhor Spinola was later released after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to link him with the abortive coup. That decision increased the protests and demonstrations against the former president. The government has also been accused of arranging his release.

    The charge has been denied but left-wingers claim there's a conspiracy by the right to return Senhor Spinola to the presidency. The protests are led by a radical organisation called the Popular Unity Dynamising Group. It was launched by the left-wing Major Otelo Seraiva de Carvalho.

    The Major was not at the rally on Saturday. He's been under house arrest for alleged complicity in an abortive left-wing coup. His supporters have been angered by the fact Senhor Spinola has gone free while Major Carvalho faces further investigations by the authorities. Last year the Major predicted Senhor Spinola would return. Later he forecast the former president would eventually be restored to the presidency.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACDP7M97C9J3DXL7IIV1UZ9JL3
    Media URN:
    VLVACDP7M97C9J3DXL7IIV1UZ9JL3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/08/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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