About three thousand demonstrators tuned out in Lisbon on June 30 to protest at the continuing detention of political prisoners on hunger strike.
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2. CU Banners calling for liberty for prisoners (2 shots) 0.51
3. SV PULL BACK Chanting protesters walking along street flanked by police (3 shots) 1.17
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Background: LISBON, PORTUGAL
About three thousand demonstrators tuned out in Lisbon on June 30 to protest at the continuing detention of political prisoners on hunger strike. Carlos Antunes, Isabel do Carmo and Amilcar Romano are leaders of the People's Revolutionary Party (PRP) who began a hunger strike a month ago after the Portuguese Assembly rejected a bill allowing amnesty for the self-confessed PRP members in prison. The revolutionaries were sentenced to long prison terms in 1980 after being convicted of carrying out two bombings and 12 bank raids. In 1981 the Supreme Court ruled the trial unconstitutional but ordered the leftists to stay in prison pending a new trial. The Lisbon demonstration brought together relatives of the prisoners and left wing sympathisers. They carried banner calling for the release of the PRP members and chanted their names as they marched through the Lisbon streets. They were flanked by police but no arrests were reported.
Source: REUTERS - ALFONSO PINTO