Several thousand marchers turned out in Lisbon, Portugal, on December 1 in a show of strength for the country's right-wing politicians and their campaign against the Liberal wing of the coalition government.
GV Marchers holding flags, moving down street
SV PAN Women holding flags, PAN TO man with megaphone speaking to crowd, then marchers move forward
GV PAN Crowd clapping speakers
SCU Vera Lagoa, conservative newspaper owner, speaking to crowd (PORTUGUESE SOT)
GV Crowd applauding
SV PULL BACK TO GV Crowd singing nationalistic song
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Background: Several thousand marchers turned out in Lisbon, Portugal, on December 1 in a show of strength for the country's right-wing politicians and their campaign against the Liberal wing of the coalition government. The annual rally, commemorating Portugal's independence in 1640 after 60 years of Spanish domination, came at the start of campaigning for crucial local elections on December 12, in which the Right expects to make significant gains. Political sources say supporters of liberal-minded Prime Minister Francisco Pinto Balsemao fear election gains by the right-wing Christian Democratic partners in his coalition more than competition from socialist and communist opposition. The march was the biggest December 1 rally since left-wing officers overthrew 50 years of right-wing dictatorship in 1974. Marching in the frontline was former dictator Antonio Salazar's Foreign Minister, Alberto Franco Nogueira. Among those to address the rally was prominent conservative newspaper owner, Mrs. Vera Lagoa. Press coverage of the election has focussed on investigations into the death in an aircrash two years ago of Mr. Balsemao's predecessor, Francisco Sa Carneiro. The media has accused Mr. Balsemao of standing in the way of an inquiry looking at the possibility the aircraft had been sabotaged.