Thousands of catholics, chanting and waving banners, marched through the old university town of Coimbra in Portugal on Sunday (3 August), calling for freedom of expression.
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Background: Thousands of catholics, chanting and waving banners, marched through the old university town of Coimbra in Portugal on Sunday (3 August), calling for freedom of expression.
They ignored threats from left wingers to disrupt the demonstration.
The march was led by the Bishop of Coimbra, Don Joan Silva Saraiva, from the Church of the Holy Cross through winding cobbled streets towards the town's ancient cathedral.
Left-wingers distributed leaflets to marchers along the route. The leaflets asked people not to allow their religious sentiments to be manipulated by "reactionaries".
The demonstrators shouted for the return of the Catholic Radio station, Radio Renascence, in Lisbon, to the bishops.
The station is occupied by left wing workers. The bishop delivered a fiery address from the steps of the Cathedral.
It was the fourth demonstration of its kind in the past four weeks and is part of a wave of anti-left-wing feeling that has been sweeping towns in Northern Portugal.