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    About six thousand supporters of a new left-wing movement committed to pressing for the release of political prisoners attended a peaceful rally in the portuguese capital of Lisbon on Tuesday (3 February).

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    About six thousand supporters of a new left-wing movement committed to pressing for the release of political prisoners attended a peaceful rally in the portuguese capital of Lisbon on Tuesday (3 February).

    The organisation is called CLARP -- the Commission for the Release of Imprisoned Anti-Fascist Revolutionaries". The organisation aims to press for the release of soldiers and civilians held in prisons without trial since 25 November, 1975.

    The thousands or supporters, mainly drawn from left-wing groups and the families of the prisoners, attended the night rally in Lisbon's indoor Sports Pavilion.

    Tuesday's rally came only a few days after some local papers speculated that Otelo Saraiva Carvalho, the charismatic commander of the now defunct COPON security force, would shortly be released from military prison.

    However, these reports have been denied by the authorities, although there have been some reports that Carvalho has declined his freedom unless others in prison are also released or formally charged and tried.

    Demonstrators at the rally referred to Carvalho as "General" although he was reduced to the rank of Major recently. They were addressed by Alfonso Dias, the only Marxist Democratic Popular Party (UDP) deputy in the constituent assembly.

    Meanwhile on the same day three poems by Carvalho were published by the pro-Communist newspaper, Diario de Lisboa, which said Major Carvalho wrote them in Santarem Military Jail, north of lisbon.

    His poems predict "Requiem" for the bourgeoisie and urge the people to unite against them. The Major has been in prison since 19 January without trial after being implicated in last November's abortive left-wing uprising by an official report.

    SYNOPSIS: A new left-wing-supported group committed to freeing political prisoners held its first major rally in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Six thousand supporters turned out.

    The organisation is called CLARP -- the Commission for the Release of Imprisoned Anti-Fascist Revolutionaries. Its aim is to press for the release of soldiers without trial since November last year. Most of its supporters are former left-wing supporters and families of prisoners.

    Tuesday's rally came only a few days after some local papers speculated that Otelo Saraiva Carvalho, former commander of the now defunct COPCON security force, would shortly be released from military prison. but the authorities have denied the reports. On Tuesday night two of carvalho's poems, written in prison where he has been for two weeks without trial, were published. In them he urged the people to unite against the bourgeoisie.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADYP5JSJPM9M6GWA6KIR8VCW16
    Media URN:
    VLVADYP5JSJPM9M6GWA6KIR8VCW16
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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