• Short Summary

    Troops loyal to the Portuguese Government converged on Lisbon early on Wednesday morning (26 November) to counter a leftist-led military rebellion which caused the deaths of at least four soldiers.

  • Description

    Troops loyal to the Portuguese Government converged on Lisbon early on Wednesday morning (26 November) to counter a leftist-led military rebellion which caused the deaths of at least four soldiers.

    Troops were drafted from the northern city of Opporto and the outskirts of Lisbon after fighting erupted late on Tuesday night.

    Commandos supporting the centre-left government of President Francisco Da Costa Gomes stormed the barracks of the military police regiment, arrested several officers and forced 1,000 men inside to surrender.

    The powerful COPCON internal security council, formed last July to protect the armed forces movement, which controlled the military police and other fighting units has now been disbanded by President Gomes.

    Rebel paratroopers were flushed out of three air bases and two air force command centres and a ring of loyalist tank units surrounded the last remaining leftist stronghold -- the Montijo air base.

    About 1,000 civilians had massed outside the Lisbon Light Artillery Regiment Base and another 3,000 had ringed an infantry barracks in the left stronghold of Setubal clamouring for arms to use against the "reactionaries".

    Portugal's latest crisis was precipitated by the Government's decision to "go on strike" last week in protest against a lack of military support in the face of growing leftist unrest, especially in the capital.

    Lisbon is now under martial law and a strict curfew is in force.

    President Gomes said he regarded the mutinies by the military police and the paratroopers as an attempted coup against the Government.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF4BLSWADUSZ3ZYRNH3YB2K067
    Media URN:
    VLVAF4BLSWADUSZ3ZYRNH3YB2K067
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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