NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 12, 1975
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(Studio) Moderate military officers visit President Francisco da Costa Gomes with petition for change in government 4000 destroy Communist party building in Viseu.
REPORTER: John Hart
(Braga, Portugal) Crowd surrounds Communist party headquarters; shooting occurs. Soldiers turn back. Building attacked. Area largely under Catholic influence. Crowd attacks another Communist building
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(Studio) Moderate military leaders said 85% armed forces support them and not pro-Communist government Moderates feel Gomes is on their side.
REPORTER: John Hart
(Lisbon, Portugal) Showdown seems inevitable. Armed forces assembly to meet again. July film shows forces meeting Moderates say they can stop Communist government if get enough military leaders together. Document demands government be taken out of hands of pro-Communist leaders, especially Premier Vasco Goncalves. All important military units approved document. People outraged at minority Communists infiltrating key posts everywhere. 40 attacks on Communist headquarters are documented. Regional troops won't repress people. Rptd. only 2 military units loyal to military regime. Socialist leader, Mario Soares, condemns new cabinet; says nation on edge of abyss. Little violence so far.
REPORTER: David Burrington
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