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    Portugal's extreme right-wing movement chose Tuesday (10 June) -- National Day in Portugal -- to hold a rally in the centre of lisbon.

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    GV Demonstrators applauding and listening to right-wing speaker (2 shots)

    GV People salute and sing national anthem and applauding (3 shots)

    GV Demonstrators marching through streets with placards and flags (3 shots)

    GV Demonstrators giving salute (3 shots)

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    Background: Portugal's extreme right-wing movement chose Tuesday (10 June) -- National Day in Portugal -- to hold a rally in the centre of lisbon. The same day, residents Antonio Ramalho Eanes warned politically-divided Portugal against a return to dictatorship.

    SYNOPSIS: The demonstration in central Lisbon was supported by leather-jacketed youths and veterans of Portugal's rightist dictatorship overthrown six years ago. Several hundred demonstrators marched through the streets shouting "nobody has ever heard of us but the future is ours". They gathered in the capital's Restauradores Square where they listened to right-wing speakers. Five bus-loads of riot police stood by but there was no violence. The outcome of two elections scheduled for later this year will be vital in determining the shape of Portugal's democracy. In October voters elect a new Chamber of Deputies, and in December a President.

    When the speakers had finished the marchers sang the Portuguese national anthem and raised their arms in the fascist salute.

    Than they paraded through the city streets. Meanwhile in Leiria President Antonio Eanes was issuing a warning that Portugal was going through a time of crisis. He appealed for national reconciliation and tolerance and urged the Portuguese people not to be tempted by authoritarian formulas.

    In the run-up to the elections, President Eanes has been increasingly reliant on left-wing support. Portugal's right-wing coalition government has swung its weight behind its own candidate, the fiercely anti-communist General Antonio Soars Carneiro. President Eanes, who already has the backing of the Social and Communist opposition, has not yet said whether he will run for office again in the Presidential elections, In his Leiria speech he said tolerance was what distinguished democracy from dictatorship. Victory, he said, was no excuse for silencing opponents -- a common left-wing criticism of the Government since it came to power last January. The Communist Party has taken the initiative in organising opposition to the government, and it was the Communist Party offices the neo-fascists headed for on their Lisbon march -- defiantly saluting as they passed.

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