• Short Summary

    Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, on Sunday (16 November) in a rally condemned by the two main government parties as a possible cover for a coup.

  • Description

    Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, on Sunday (16 November) in a rally condemned by the two main government parties as a possible cover for a coup.

    Pro-communist workers' committees organised the demonstration. It involved the use of hundreds of lorries, tractors and cement mixers which the Socialists and their coalition partners, the Centrist Popular Democrats (PPD) claimed could be used to "paralyse" the capital so that extreme leftists could seize strategic positions. But the demonstration broke up after three hours and there was no immediate evidence of anything unusual having happened.

    The Socialists and the PPD had planned a counter demonstration in the northern city of Viseu as an expression of their support for the government but the Socialists pulled out at the last minute. They accused the PPD of trying to turn the rally into a partisan demonstration.

    Sunday's rallies left Portugal more divided than ever with Lisbon dominated by the extreme left and the provinces identified with the more moderate and conservative forces which support the government.

    The failure of troops or police to protect Prime Minister Jose Pinheiro de Azevedo's residence during last week's 36 hour siege by building workers had earlier heightened speculation that the government might withdraw to govern from the provinces.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADFKLXHNN9T446KWBHUM6O892
    Media URN:
    VLVADFKLXHNN9T446KWBHUM6O892
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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