Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Pinheiro de Azevedo addressed a cheering crowd of 10,000 demonstrators in the southern town of Faro on Tuesday (4 November).
SV Azevedo coming down aircraft steps and being greeted (3 shots)
SV Azevedo inspects guard of honour (2 shots)
GV Crowd on roadside applauding as Azevedo passes in car
GV Party entering town hall
GV Demonstrators with flags and banners gather outside town hall (4 shots)
GV PAN FROM Demonstrators TO Azevedo on balcony
GV Demonstrators applauding
LV Azevedo waving to crowd from balcony
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Background: Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Pinheiro de Azevedo addressed a cheering crowd of 10,000 demonstrators in the southern town of Faro on Tuesday (4 November).
But baton-wielding military police had to form a cordon to prevent the crowd attacking 100 leftists soldiers shouting slogans and trying to stage a counter demonstration.
The soldiers, belonging to the semi-clandestine "United Soldiers Will Win" organisation appeared on one side of the square where the rally was held, half-way through the Prime Minister's speech.
Admiral Azevedo was paying a one-day visit to the southern Algarve region where the socialists are the strongest party. They are also dominant in his government.
He told a press conference earlier that the government did not have the authority or capacity to govern because of indiscipline and dissension within the armed forces.
The soldiers at the rally shouted slogans against the military intervention group which Admiral Azevedo's moderate centre-left government is forming.
Part of the crowd which had been enthusiastically cheering Admiral Azevedo moved menacingly towards the protesting soldiers when they started chanting "out with this filth".
The incident illustrated the divisions within the armed forces.