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CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 23, 1975
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(Studio) About 30,000 Portuguese, mostly Socialists, demonstrate in Lisbon to celebrate military cncl.'s decree that Portugal should be multi-party democracy.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Lisbon, Portugal) Mood in Portugal much calmer and more peaceful. Mil. council suddenly calls halt to process that was leading country toward extreme left-wing military dictatorship. Socialist party leader Mario Soares believes military communique reaffirms right of free political ptys. and free elections; rejects setting up Communist state in Portugal. Army now expected to let Socialists get newspaper back. Meanwhile, Socialists publishing underground paper. Catholic Church counterattacking extreme left also. People want democratic change here not revolution; left misjudged desire for violent change.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

(Studio) McLaughlin reports another factor that could strengthen political moderates is return home of Portuguese army of Mozambique. Army believed to be led by moderates; return home could swing political balance more firmly in favor of moderates.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
McLaughlin, Bill

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