In Portugal, the Communist Party has been publicly protesting against what it calls 'the rise of fascism' in the country.
GV INTERIOR Portuguese Communist Party rally with supporters chanting
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MV ZOOM IN TO CU AND MVs Portuguese Communist Party Central Committee Member Margarida Tengarrinha, addressing crowd (7 shots)
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Background: In Portugal, the Communist Party has been publicly protesting against what it calls 'the rise of fascism' in the country. Some five thousand chanting, cheering demonstrators gathering in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, to hear party leaders demand that 'justice be done'.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators shouted 'fascism shall not pass' and 'united we will conquer'.
Among the crowd were Communist members of the Portuguese parliament, and ex-political prisoners who spent several years in jails under the regimes of Dr. Salazar and his successor, Dr Caetano. At the end of the rally, a motion was passed demanding harsher prison sentences for members of the former political police, PIDE. They were mostly given light sentences by the courts during trials after the April 1974 revolution which overthrew the then government.
Speakers at the rally, including a member of the Portuguese Communist Party's Central Committee, said that fascists in the country were benefiting from the 'tolerance and shortsightedness' of the present government. The fascists were taking advantage of the contradictions of Portugal's new democracy, using every form of trick, said one speaker.
The Communist-dominated labour organisations in Portugal have been in the forefront of opposition to the minority Socialist Government of Prime Minister Dr. Mario Soares. Dr. Soares was invited to form a government in July last year by President Antonio Eanes, who'd just won the Presidential election himself. Three months earlier, the Socialists had won the first general elections held in Portugal for half a century -- but only managed to poll 35 per cent of the vote to take 107 of 263 seats in parliament. Dr Soares then ignored calls from the Communists, who gained 40 seats, to form a majority leftist alliance.