• Short Summary

    Thousands of demonstrators and riot police clashed violently in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, on Thursday night (6 May) as Angolan refugees tried to take over two luxury hotels.

  • Description

    Thousands of demonstrators and riot police clashed violently in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, on Thursday night (6 May) as Angolan refugees tried to take over two luxury hotels.

    The refugees tried to take over the Tivoli and Altis hotels as a protest against government moves to cut back free meal tickets, investigate suspected fraud in the distribution of state aid, and to hold a census to find out how many of those being helped actually came from former Portuguese colonies.

    There are now an estimated 800,000 "retournados" in Portugal, many of whom fled from Angola when it gained independence last November. Because of the country's economic climate and vest unemployment they have found it hard to find jobs and have been living on government handouts.

    Thursday night's demonstration was the third consecutive all-night protest against the government moves.

    The trouble started when riot police entered the Altis Hotel and tried to remove scores of refugees camped in the foyer.Plate glass windows were broken and two people were injured as the refugees resisted.

    Outside the building, thousands of chanting demonstrators who had come out in support of the "retournados" milled around the entrance and tried to prevent the police from entering the hotel.

    On Friday morning (7 May) more angry demonstrators converged on the Sao Bento Government Palace to protest at the way the riot police had broken up the attempted take-over of the hotels.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACXXMJWP6APHT4B0C810WAL95T
    Media URN:
    VLVACXXMJWP6APHT4B0C810WAL95T
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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