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Thousands march in Portugal to protest austerity
March 3, 2013
“If the government pays attention to what is happening and understands that the people are against them, they should get out,” said Serafin Lobato, 65. “If not, this won’t stop.”
Portugal is expected to endure a third straight year of recession in 2013, with a 2 percent contraction. The overall jobless rate has grown to a record 17.6 percent.
The marches were powered mostly by young people. Unemployment among people under 25 is close to 40 percent.
The country’s largest trade union, the General Confederation of Portuguese Workers, with some 600,000 members, also supported the marches and swelled numbers.
After several years of tax increases and welfare cuts, austerity is poised to deepen as the government looks for another €4 billion ($5.2 billion) to cut over the next two years, with the national health service, education, pensioners and government workers likely to be the hardest hit.
“There is no future without education, there is no future without culture,” said student Ana Julia, 23. “We have to protest to get back what they are trying to take away from us.”
The government is locked into debt-cutting measures in return for the €78 billion ($102 billion) financial rescue set up in 2011. More tax hikes this year sliced another chunk off wages.
“If you throw one stone, it’s a punishable offense. If 1,000 stones are thrown, it’s political action. If you set a car on fire, it’s a punishable offense. If hundreds of cars are set on fire, it’s a political action. Protest is when I say I don’t agree with something. Resistance is when I ensure that things with which I disagree no longer take place.“
MSF took to the streets with 2,000 others in New Delhi warning that harmful provisions in a trade deal between the EU and India could severely hinder access to affordable medicine for people in developing countries.
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