A crowd of over two thousand chanting left-wing demonstrators gathered outside the Palace of Portugal's Roman Catholic Patriarch in Lisbon on Wednesday evening (18 June) as a group of six hundred Catholics attempted to stage a protest over the occupation of the Catholic radio station, Radio Renascence.
GV Left-wing demonstrators chanting with banners (2 shots)
SV ZOOM IN Girl gesticulating
SV Left-wing demonstrators and banners
SV Troops mingle with demonstrators
SV Left-wing demonstrators chanting
SV PAN Troops separating left-wing demonstrators from Catholic demonstrators carrying paper crosses
GV ZOOM INTO CU Crowds with flag outside Republics printing works
SCU Printer looking from window
SV Refreshments passed through to occupying printers
SV PAN FROM Troops on APC TO crowds in streets
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Background: A crowd of over two thousand chanting left-wing demonstrators gathered outside the Palace of Portugal's Roman Catholic Patriarch in Lisbon on Wednesday evening (18 June) as a group of six hundred Catholics attempted to stage a protest over the occupation of the Catholic radio station, Radio Renascence.
The left-wing demonstration was called by the small Popular Democratic Union -- an extreme group with only one seat in the Constituent Assembly--in support of revolutionary workers who had occupied the radio station earlier in the day.
A small number of troops tried Vainly to keep the two groups of protesters apart. The Catholics were later forced to take refuge inside the Palace after the left-wing demonstrators started throwing stones. They were evacuated early on Thursday by a large troop operation.
The threat of Church-state split has brought another disruptive element into Portuguese political life...already rocked by a major clash between the Socialists and Communists. The dispute arose over the occupation by Communist printers of the offices of the leading Socialist daily, Republics.
Earlier on Wednesday, hundreds of Socialist demonstrators staged an angry protest...shortly after the occupation had taken place. A number of troops were on hand to prevent a major disturbance. The Socialists allege that the occupation was engineered by members of the internal security forces and have threatened to resign from the coalition government unless the Republica is restored to their control.
SYNOPSIS: Shouting "Death to Fascism", they jostled with the six hundred or so Catholic protestors...as a small number of troops tried vainly to keep the two groups apart. The Catholics--many brandishing paper crosses-were latter forced to take overnight refuge in the Palace when their opponents began throwing stones.
The threatened Church-state split increases the disruption in Portuguese political life. Earlier in the day, hundreds of Socialist demonstrated over the occupation by Communist printers of the offices of the leading Socialist daily, Republica.
The take-over occurred after a member of Portugal's security forces broke seals on the printing office doors. The Socialists accuse the security forces of a trick...and have echoed treats to resign from the country's coalition government unless control of Republica is restored to their hand.