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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 25. 3rd October 1973

Portuguese Plagued

Portuguese Plagued

The 40 man Portuguese Trade Mission's visit to New Zealand has been beleaguered with protests. A vigil and demonstration outside Auckland's Hotel Intercontinental last week turned into a celebration of the declaration of the independence of Guinea-Bissau. On Friday night demonstrators raised the flag of the African Independence Party of Guinea and the Cape Verde Islands (PAIGC) on the hotel's flagpole, and held an impromptu fireworks display to mark the occasion. Skyrockets, spinning wheels, crackers and mortars from the arsenal of the Halt All Racist Tours movement lit the sky outside the hotel and the cheering crowd disturbed the rest of the delegation.

Two people were arrested for breaches of the peace — one for clashing together two rubbish bin lids, and the other for letting off a 'double-happy' firecracker. They will appear in court on the 29th of this month.