Communist Party offices and headquarters in the northern Portuguese town of Famalicao are charred hulks today and their contents lie in burned wreckage on the streets.
GV ZOOM IN Damaged Communist building in Famalicao
CU PAN Debris and damaged car by road (2 shots)
GV Another damaged Communist building and debris (2 shots)
GV Funeral of demonstrator (3 shots)
GV Pro-Communist rally in Oporto (4 shots)
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Background: Communist Party offices and headquarters in the northern Portuguese town of Famalicao are charred hulks today and their contents lie in burned wreckage on the streets. On Thursday (5 August), following a night during which anti-Communist demonstrators sacked the private apartments of Communist leaders, thousand of demonstrators turned on the headquarters building, forced troops to withdraw, and then attacked it, emptying its furniture and documents into the street and making huge bonfires.
The demonstrators were particularly angered when a funeral planned for a man shot by troops earlier in the week during another demonstration at the headquarters, had to be postponed because his body had not been brought in from Oporto.
Later a funeral was held for a second man shot in the same encounter. The trouble began on Friday (1 August) when Communists trapped in the building during the first siege, opened fire and injured two demonstrators. The Communists were later escorted from the building by troops.
On Wednesday, about 5,000 pro-Communist demonstrators gathered at a rally in Oporto. They were protesting ??? the violence. Brigadier Eurico Corvacho told them the trouble was caused by reactionary agents. The rally was much smaller than the last one in the city at which about 80,000 anti-Communists turned out to hear denunciations of the Communist influence in Portuguese affairs.
Anti-Communist violence has been growing in the conservative north since the Socialists and Popular Democrats withdraw from the governing coalition a month ago. Since then the Prime Minister, General Vasco Goncalves has been trying to form a new cabinet. He finally succeeded on Thursday (7 August).
The situation throughout the north has been described as a state of "pre-insurrection" by a senior military source and Lisbon has dispatched additional troops to northern cities to try to maintain peace.
The Military rulers are reported to be concerned that the trouble in the north might be a sign that popular sentiment is turning against it.