Portugal's small farmers called off a threatened food siege of the capital, Lisbon, at the last minute on Sunday (1 February).
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Background: Portugal's small farmers called off a threatened food siege of the capital, Lisbon, at the last minute on Sunday (1 February). However, they threatened drastic action if the country's military rulers do not heed their demands soon for a revision of left wing land reform and the end of alleged illegal land seizures.
At five open air meetings throughout the country thousands of conservative landholders voted to give the Military Council of the Revolution time to consider their grievances before going ahead with the Lisbon food siege. This plan was approved at a national farmers' rally last month.
They have promised to suspend all militant action until the Military has replied to their demands.
The farmers approved a vote of full confidence in the Prime Minister, Admiral Jose Pinheiro de Azvedo. But they said the government was incapable or understanding them and withdrew all confidence from Agriculture minister Antonio Lopes Cardoso, leader of the Socialist Party's left wing.
SYNOPSIS: The town of Famalicao, three hundred and fifty kilometres north or the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, where about a thousand farmers took part in a rally on Sunday. The rally was one of five held throughout the country that day to press for revision of left wing land reform and alleged illegal land seizures.
The farmers also voted to call off a threatened food siege in Lisbon planned for Sunday. However, they said that if the country's military rulers did not heed their demands soon, drastic action would be taken.
They've promised to suspend all militant action until the Military replies.
The farmers also passed a vote of no confidence in Agriculture Minister Antonio Lopes Cardoso.