More than 3,000 young demonstrators attended a pro-Viet Cong rally in Lisbon's Campo Pequeno Bull Ring on Thursday night (10 April), calling for the immediate liberation of recently imprisoned Maoists.
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Background: More than 3,000 young demonstrators attended a pro-Viet Cong rally in Lisbon's Campo Pequeno Bull Ring on Thursday night (10 April), calling for the immediate liberation of recently imprisoned Maoists.
Believed to be members of one of the extreme left-wing political factions barred by the military government from taking part in Portugal's general elections scheduled for April 25, the demonstrators shouted "Down with military dictatorship" and brandished anti-government placards and banners.
They also concentrated their anger on Portugal's internal security force, Copcon, with such slogans as "Imperialism and social imperialism (Soviet) out of Portugal", "Down with the new pied (secret police)", "The people will win" and "Liberty for the people -- popular government".
At the same time, about 500 other militant ultra-leftists broke up an election meeting of the left-of-centre Popular Democratic Party (PPD) at the southern town of Beja and sacked the party's headquarters. It was the worst outbreak of violence since the election campaign started officially last week.