As rumours swept Lisbon that the Communists would have only one seat in the new Portuguese government, the parties of the far left went in for another show of strength on Thursday (18 September) -- less than twenty-four hours before a new government was formed which virtually excluded them.
SVs & GVs Communist demonstrators with flags and banners march through streets of Lisbon (4 shots)
SVs Communist posters and banners in Lisbon bullring (3 shots)
GVs Demonstrators waving Communist flags in bullring (3 shots)
GVs Communist workers parading through Lisbon street at night with banners and flags (3 shots)
SVs Soldiers in uniform leading the workers's march (3 shots)
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Background: As rumours swept Lisbon that the Communists would have only one seat in the new Portuguese government, the parties of the far left went in for another show of strength on Thursday (18 September) -- less than twenty-four hours before a new government was formed which virtually excluded them.
Communist Party leader Alvaro Cunahl had addressed a rally in the Lisbon bullring the night before, but Thursday's rallies revealed the dissension among the extreme left.
The Maoist Revolutionary People's Party (MRPP) was celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Party's foundation in the Lisbon bullring. At the same time at least 50,000 workers paraded through the centre of Lisbon in a march organised by the Communist-controlled workers' committee to oppose a government of the right.
There were a few scuffles between the marchers--who mainly call themselves non-partisan revolutionary workers--and MRPP members on the way to their rally. The Maoists in an alliance with the Socialist Party have been responsible for recent defeat within Portugal's unions.
The Marchers shouted "Death to the CIA" at their Maoist opponents. The Communist party and other groups on the left accuse the MRPP of being a front organisation of the United States Central Intelligence Agency.
The following night (19 September) Portugal's new Premier Admiral Jose Pinheiro de Azevedo announced the make-up of the new government -- four socialists, two centre left democrats (PPD), one Communist and some posts for independents and representatives of the Armed forces. The new government is interpreted as a defeat for the Communist Party Vasco Goncalves, was ousted from power earlier in the month.