For the first time in fifteen years, the Brazilian Labour Party (PTB) has organised an open meeting abroad, bringing together members both living in Brazil and in exile.
GV EXTERIOR: Portuguese Socialist building in Lisbon.
GV INTERIOR: Portuguese Socialist leader, Dr Soares meeting members of the Brazilian delegation, including Leonel Brozzola.
LV INTERIOR: conference hall with Brozzola at head table, introducing dr Soares to meeting.
CU: Socialist flags on wall PULL BACK TO audience applauding.
CU: Soares speaking.
GV: audience applauding.
In Rio de Janeiro last month (May), it was reported that retired officers of the Brazilian Armed Forces and a number of civilians had launched a new right-wing political movement - according to a party manifesto being circulated secretly. The movement was said to be response to strikes seriously affecting the country, particularly Sao Paulo. The manifesto claimed that the Military-Civilian Union had the support of 300 retired arms officers and some 500 civilians.
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Background: For the first time in fifteen years, the Brazilian Labour Party (PTB) has organised an open meeting abroad, bringing together members both living in Brazil and in exile.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting opened in Lisbon on Thursday (14 June) at the Portuguese Socialist Party headquarters. Portugal's former Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader, Dr Mario Soares, welcomed the 130 delegates. They included the former Governor of the Rio Grande do Sul province in Brazil, Mr. Leonel Brozzola, who chaired the meeting. He was expected to outline the future direction and programme of the PTB. Dr Soares addressed the opening session - the first non-clandestine meeting of the Brazilian party since the right-wing military-backed government came to power in the 1964 coup.
As many as 80 of the delegates came direct from Brazil for the conference. The remaining members travelled from various places of exile.