The Ralis artillery unit whose barracks near Lisbon were bombed during the abortive coup on March 11, 1975, by supporters of former president General Antonio de Spinola, on Friday (11 March) commemorated the crushing of the attempt.
GV PAN Ralis artillery regiment standing on parade ground
SV General Vasco Lourenco making speech, PULL BACK TO GV memorial as troops listen to speech (2 shots)
SV & GV Bugler finishes playing and troops present arms to officers (3 shots)
SV Field gun ZOOM IN TO commando emblem
GV Officers saluting as troops march past
GV Bugler plays and troops salute flag
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Background: The Ralis artillery unit whose barracks near Lisbon were bombed during the abortive coup on March 11, 1975, by supporters of former president General Antonio de Spinola, on Friday (11 March) commemorated the crushing of the attempt.
SYNOPSIS: Two years ago the regiment was attacked in broad daylight by dive bombers then surrounded by dissident paratroops. The rebels also closed Lisbon airport for 10 hours before handing it back to loyal troops.
General Vasco Lourenco commended the men for remaining loyal and holding out against the rebels. One Ralis soldier was killed and 10 injured in the fighting. Twenty seven officers, headed by General Spinola, were accused of taking part in the attempt.General Lourenco told the men the armed forces would play a vital role if any anti-democratic forces tried to change Portugal's political position.
The regiment's action probably stopped the coup from spreading. The crushing of the attempt spurred on the left wing government of the time into speeding up their "revolution" by nationalising the banks and the detention of many alleged opponents of the government.