• Short Summary

    The election campaigns in Portugal gained momentum on Tuesday night (13 April) when the Communist and Conservative Centre Democrat (CDS) parties staged separate mass rallies in Lisbon.

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    The election campaigns in Portugal gained momentum on Tuesday night (13 April) when the Communist and Conservative Centre Democrat (CDS) parties staged separate mass rallies in Lisbon.
    The parliamentary elections are scheduled for Friday (23 April) and already there have been clashes between supporters of Portugal's political parties.
    A riot broke out after the CDS rally when leftwingers clashed with the conservatives, and Portuguese army troops had to intervene.
    The rally had been addressed by CDS leader Freitas do Almaral who accused communists and leftwingers of being "responsible for the present climate of violence".
    About 6,000 supporters cheered Sr. Almaral's statements and made donations for the re-building of the CDS office in Beja which was burnt down last week.
    At the Communist rally, party leader Alvaro Cunhal denounced what he alleged was a "rightwing programme to take Portugal back to fascism".
    He also called on Communists to avoid "all violence against rightists".
    Approximately 10,000 people were at the rally which was staged in Lisbon's bullring.
    SYNOPSIS: Sr. Almaral told about 6,000 of his supporters that leftists elements must be kept out of government.
    Portugal parliamentary elections are scheduled for the 23 April and extra troops have already been stationed in Lisbon in anticipation of further clashes between supporters of the country's various political parties.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEOQFIPLPHA81OZGGNKDEAAD54
    Media URN:
    VLVAEOQFIPLPHA81OZGGNKDEAAD54
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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