The General Assembly of Portugal's ruling Armed Forces Movement met in Lisbon on Tuesday (8 July) faced with a worsening economic climate and a threat by the Socialist party to paralyse Portugal in protest over alleged news manipulation.
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Background: The General Assembly of Portugal's ruling Armed Forces Movement met in Lisbon on Tuesday (8 July) faced with a worsening economic climate and a threat by the Socialist party to paralyse Portugal in protest over alleged news manipulation.
The meeting of the consultative body of 240 officers and men had been planned for the Centre of Military Sociological Studies for some time but came only hours after Socialist leader Dr Mario Soares condemned what he called manipulation of the news by minority groups.
Dr Soares, a minister in the provisional government, told a meeting of Socialist newspaper workers in Lisbon on Monday ( 7 July) that his party was ready to stage mass demonstrations and paralyse the country in protest against such measures.
His treat follows protracted, and as yet unresolved, struggled by the Communists to take over the Socialist newspaper "Republica" and the Roman Catholic radio station "Renascena".
This has happened against a threatening economic background where agitation for higher pay continues despite staggering national economic problems and prospects.
The Government has urged the people to "work harder and talk less". Before entering Tuesday's meeting the Council of the Revolution's official spokesman, Captain Vasco Lourenco, said he thought the Socialist's threats were "slightly Utopian". But if the conditions for such a paralysis really existed, this showed that the Armed Forces Movement was running the revolution badly.