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    PRESIDENT TOMAS, PRIME MINISTER SALAZAR, AND MEMBERS OF THE PORTUGUESE CABINET LED THOUSANDS OF MOURNERS IN LISBON, JAN 2, AT A FUNERAL SERVICE FOR THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF THE ARMY, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JAIME FILIPE DE FONSECA, WHO WAS SHOT THE DAY PREVIOUSLY DURING THE REPRESSION OF THE REVOLT AT THE GARRISON TOWN OF BEJA.

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    PRESIDENT TOMAS, PRIME MINISTER SALAZAR, AND MEMBERS OF THE PORTUGUESE CABINET LED THOUSANDS OF MOURNERS IN LISBON, JAN 2, AT A FUNERAL SERVICE FOR THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF THE ARMY, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JAIME FILIPE DE FONSECA, WHO WAS SHOT THE DAY PREVIOUSLY DURING THE REPRESSION OF THE REVOLT AT THE GARRISON TOWN OF BEJA.

    IN THE CHAPEL OF THE ESTRELA HOSPITAL, LISBON, WHERE THE BODY HAD BEEN LYING IN STATE SINCE ITS RETURN FROM BEJA, THE PRESIDENT, REAR-ADMIRAL AMERICO TOMAS, DECORATED THE LATE UNDER-SECRETARY WITH THE ORDER OF THE TOWER AND THE SWORD, PORTUGAL'S HIGHEST DECORATION.

    THE COFFIN WAS THEN CARRIED FROM THE CHAPEL AND DRIVEN THROUGH THE CITY STREETS, WHERE THOUSANDS HAD GATHERED TO PAY HOMAGE. ESCORTED BY THE PRESIDENTIAL MOUNTED GUARD, THE BODY WAS TAKEN TO THE RAILWAY STATION, AND FROM THERE TO LEIRA, THE UNDER-SECRETARY'S HOME TOWN, FOR BURIAL.

    BETWEEN 40 AND 50 ARMED REBELS, ALL WEARING MILITARY UNIFORM, BURST PAST THE GUARD AT BEJA BARRACKS JAN. 1, AND SMASHED INTO THE OFFICER'S QUARTERS BEFORE MEETING ANY OPPOSITION. THEY DISARMED AND IMPRISONED MOST OF THE OFFICERS, BUT TWO ESCAPED AND SET OFF THE ALARM. THE ARMY, GENDARMERIE, AND POLICE COUNTER-ATTACKED. AT THE END OF THREE HOURS OF FIGHTING, COLONEL DE FONSECA WALKED TOWARDS THE REBEL STRONGHOLD CALLING ON THEM TO SURRENDER. HE WAS CUT DOWN BY A BLAST OF MACHINE-GUN FIRE. LOYAL TROOPS LATER OVERCAME THE REBELS, CAPTURING THE LEADER, CAPTAIN JOAO VARELA GOMES, AND EIGHTEEN OTHERS. THE REST FLED AND ARE NOW BEING SOUGHT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAWWF2MT7UOBU5GFC7JUMOJDPD
    Media URN:
    VLVAWWF2MT7UOBU5GFC7JUMOJDPD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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