Portuguese paratroopers blew up the transmitter station of the Roman Catholic Radio Renascensa early on Friday morning (7 November), and later in the day the country's top policy-making body confirmed that it had ordered the destruction of the building.
GV EXT. Radio station ZOOM INTO flag over gateway.
SV PAN Transmitting mast.
SV ZOOM IN Debris outside burned doorway.
SV PAN Debris and smoke marks over doorway.
SV PAN INT. Wrecked walls and equipment (3 shots)
SV PAN Burned walls at rear of building.
Initials VS 20.05 VS 31.20
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Background: Portuguese paratroopers blew up the transmitter station of the Roman Catholic Radio Renascensa early on Friday morning (7 November), and later in the day the country's top policy-making body confirmed that it had ordered the destruction of the building. A statement from the Military Council of the Revolution said that the order had been given because of the station's "counter revolutionary" activities.
About sixty paratroopers blew up the transmitter in a pre-dawn raid. They burst into the station, ordered the technicians out, and planted two bombs. A captain who was with the troops told the people inside "Everybody out, because this thing is going to blow up in a few minutes". The soldiers drove away in two truck immediately after the explosion.
The Military Council's statement was issued after a 16-hour meeting with the Government at which the current crisis of authority in Portugal was discussed. The statement said that a military force had been ordered to blow up the transmitter because the station - whose Lisbon studios are under the control of left-wing workers - had been guilty of "provocations and disturbing public order and tranquility".
A group of local residents later in the day formed a cordon around the wrecked transmitter. In the field where the transmitter station was situated on the outskirts of Lisbon, pieces of twisted metal were scattered over the ground.
The Military Council of the Revolution decided to silence Radio Renascensa just seventeen days after thousands of left-wingers, supported by masked soldiers, broke through official seals fixed to the doors, in an earlier government attempt to keep the station off the air.