Portugal's new left-wing leadership is further consolidating itself with a crack-down on suspected right-wing elements, claiming that they had planned to kill General Spionla last weekend and use his death as a pretext for an uprising against the government, which includes both Socialist and Communist Ministers.
GV Portuguese TV station Lisbon
CU ZOOM OUT from sign RTP to armed guards
SV Troops and gun positions in road to TV station (3 shots)
SV Armed soldier watching traffic
SV Soldier with cannon watching traffic
GV Troops in street
GV guards outside Spinola's residence (2 shots)
SV People looking out from their windows
SV Spinola out of door and walks to car
LV Man on balcony
SV Spinola enters car and drives off (2 shots)
GV ZOOM to Soldier in middle of busy road
GV Roadblock with naval cadets stooping cars and looking for smuggled arms (4 shots)
LISBON TV STUDIOS SURROUNDED BY ARMED GUARDS: ARMED SOLDIERS WATCHING TRAFFIC: POLICE AND GUARDS OUTSIDE GENERAL SPINOLA'S HOUSE: PEOPLE WATCHING FROM WINDOWS: GENERAL SPINOLA LEAVES HOUSE AND WALKS TO CAR: MAN ON BALCONY: SPINOLA ENTERS CAR AND IS DRIVEN OFF: SOLDIER ON GUARD IN BUSY ROAD: ROAD-BLOCK WITH CADETS SEARCHING CARS FOR ARMS.
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Background: Portugal's new left-wing leadership is further consolidating itself with a crack-down on suspected right-wing elements, claiming that they had planned to kill General Spionla last weekend and use his death as a pretext for an uprising against the government, which includes both Socialist and Communist Ministers.
Because of political differences with his military supporters, General Spiola handed over the Presidency to General Francisco Da Costa Gomez on Monday (30 September). Since his resignation troops have been guarding his house.
Left-wing troops and trade unionists have set up road blocks throughout the city and are searching for "right-wing elements" and concealed weapons.
It has been officially announced that nearly one hundred and forty people have been arrested following Spinola's resignation. More raids and arrests are expected. Lisbon's Television Studios are under heavy guard and the Lisbon office of the French News Agency were searched by armed marines on Wednesday (2 October).
SYNOPSIS: Because of political differences with his military supporters, General Spinola handed over the Presidency and retired to his house, which is now under heavy guard. General Spinola is reperted to be writing a book. An earlier work, "Portugal and the Future", was said to have inspired the young officers who led the April coup which gave hime the Presidency. It is these same officers who have caused his downfall.
General Spinola is believed to have decided that for the time being, at least, he will not play any active role in politics. The General's resignation was celebrated on Wednesday by a jubilant crowd of seven thousand trade unionists at amass rally in the Lisbon Bullring.
The authority of the Leftwing leadership in Portugal has been further consolidated with the holding of its' first Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Since General Spinola's downfall the new President, General Costa Gomes, faces formidable obstacles in his task of re-uniting the Nation. Even though he is a respected solider he may find his position between the Left and Right wings untenable.