Portuguese at their limit with austerity
The Portuguese are realising that the spending cuts are not working, the people are angry and depressed.
March 2nd saw huge protests in the capital Lisbon that included people right across the spectrum, young, old, left, public workers and students.
The Portuguese accept that there must be some cuts but the level imposed by its government under the EU bailout terms are too much, too fast.
The EU has praised Portugal’s progress and urges them to continue despite the strong protests.
On March 13-14 there will be strikes by rail workers.
On March 21-23 there will be further strikes by staff at the national airline TAP.
People are calling for the resignation of all austerity-minded government ministers, an end to budget cuts, pay cuts/freezes and unemployment (which now stands at over 16%).
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