Portugal's ruling right-wing alliance staged a mass rally in Lisbon on Tuesday (15 April) in support of the government.
GV PAN & TV Demonstrators assembled in the Lisbon bull ring waving banners (2 shots)
CU PAN Premier Sa Carneiro with Foreign Minister Freitas Do Amaral waving to crowd
GV PAN Demonstrators
CU Premier Sa Carneiro speaking in Portuguese
GV PAN Crowd applauds
CU Mr. Freitas do Amaral speaking, crowd applauds (2 shots)
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Background: Portugal's ruling right-wing alliance staged a mass rally in Lisbon on Tuesday (15 April) in support of the government. It was the first such rally since the right won last December's general elections.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people flocked to the bull ring waving Social Democrat, Monarchist and Christian Democrat banners. The demonstration anticipated a series of anti-government rallies planned in the next fortnight by left-wing parties and intended to mark April 25, the sixth anniversary of the Portuguese revolution.
Prime Minister Francisco Sa Carneiro and Foreign Minister Diego Freitas Do Amaral both attended the rally and spoke to the crowd of supporters.
Mr. Sa Carneiro said his government would rule Portugal until the next elections. He maintained the result of last December's poll which returned the right wing parties to power was the only source of democratic legitimacy. And the Prime Minister added that his government represented no particular class of interest group but all Portuguese people.
Neither Mr. Sa Carneiro nor Foreign Minister Diego Freitas Do Amaral mentioned General Soares Carneiro, a tough anti-communist whom the alliance recently chose as their Presidential candidate. General elections must be held before October, and a new President chosen by January 1981. General Carneiro did not attend the rally and the ruling alliance had evidently decided not to use Tuesday's (15 April) rally to launch and General's election campaign. Only three months after the right wing took power, a succession of demonstrations for and against the government has plunged Portugal back into the atmosphere of pre-elections controversy.