Former Portuguese Prime Minister Marcello Caetano was buried in Rio de Jeneiro on Monday (27 October).
GV PAN FROM Christ's statue in Rio de Janeiro TO people lifting coffin of Marcello caetano from vehicle
GV Procession through cemetery
GV PAN FROM Grave to spectators on roof
SV Priest reads prayer beside coffin
CU Mourners beside coffin (2 shots)
GV Coffin lowered into grave
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Background: Former Portuguese Prime Minister Marcello Caetano was buried in Rio de Jeneiro on Monday (27 October). As his coffin was being lowered into its tomb, his middle-aged son, Jose Maria, collapsed and was taken to hospital. Senhor Caetano, who was 74, had died of a heart attack on Sunday (26 October).
SYNOPSIS: About four-hundred mourners attended the burial service in the city's main cemetery. The Portuguese government was represented by its Ambassador to Brasilia, Senhor Menezes Rosa. The Brazilian Foreign Office also sent an official.
Marcello Caetano had succeeded Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, who ruled Portugal as a dictator for almost forty years, until ill-health forced him to resign in 1968. But, in 1974, Senhor Caetano was dismissed as Prime Minister when a junta headed by General Antonio de Spinola assumed power.
When he took over from Dr Salazar, Senhor Caetano had asked the Portuguese people to be patient as his administration set about easing some of the more oppressive laws. But his reforms were slow and his approach conservative. He believed hasty liberalism would damage state discipline and lead to disrespect for authority.
Despite efforts give parliament more influence, Portugal remained a one-party state. After the coup, Brazil granted political asylum to ousted Salazar administration leaders, and Senhor Caetano arrived in Rio with exiled President Americo Thomas. Admiral Thomas was allowed to return to Portugal two year ago, but Senhor Caetano, who held the Professorship of Law at Rio's Gama Filho University, said he would never go back.